The federal tax code, administered by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has provided for a number of education tax benefits. Full information on these tax benefits may be found in IRS Publication 970.
- Drake University does not mail a printed copy of the 1098-T. The 1098-T may be viewed by students in blueView on the My Drake Account tab. A pdf printable version of the form may be found on the My Drake Account tab by clicking “Pay Your Bill” and then the 1098-T link on the next page.
- Parents, even authorized users, cannot view the 1098-T for their student unless the student specifically authorizes the parent to do so. The Student Accounts office will be happy to assist any student needing assisting providing authorization to a parent.
- Please note that the release of 1098-T information is governed by federal privacy laws (FERPA) and cannot be given to parents or tax preparers without the student’s express authorization.
- “When figuring an education credit or the tuition and fees deduction, use only the amounts you paid and are deemed to have paid during the tax year for qualified education expenses. An institution may choose to report either payments received during the calendar year (Box 1), or amounts billed during the calendar year (Box 2), for qualified education expenses. However, the amounts in Boxes 1 and 2 of Form 1098-T might be different than the amount you actually paid and are deemed to have paid.” (IRS Publication 970)
- The Student Accounts office is happy to assist students to obtain information needed for tax preparation, but cannot provide tax advice. Please consult the Internal Revenue Service and your tax preparer for assistance in preparing your tax return.
Here is some information on what may be found on the 1098-T form:
Box 2 – Amounts billed for qualified tuition and related expenses:
- The IRS defines this as “tuition, fees, and course materials required for a student to be enrolled at or attend an eligible educational institution.” Please note that housing costs and books are not included in this amount. This amount will be reduced by any tuition waiver received as an employee benefit at Drake University.
- Beginning with the 2014 tax year, qualified tuition and related expenses will be reported on the 1098-T only for academic terms that begin during the tax year.
Box 4 – Adjustments made for a prior year:
- If there is a change in enrollment information that creates a change in billed tuition after the previous year’s 1098-T was generated that amount will be recorded here.
Box 5 – Scholarships or grants:
- The IRS defines this as “all payments received from 3rd parties (excluding family members and loan proceeds). This includes payments received from governmental and private entities such as the Department of Defense, civic, and religious organizations, and nonprofit entities.”
Box 6 – Adjustments to scholarships or grants for a prior year:
- If there is a change in scholarship information that creates a change in recorded payments after the previous year’s 1098-T was generated that amount will be recorded here.
Here are the answers to some common questions:
- Supplemental information giving a breakdown of the numbers reported on the 1098-T, as well as payment information, may be viewed in blueView.
- A Social Security number is required to generate a 1098-T statement. Students who have not provided Drake University with their Social Security number will need to contact the Student Records office to do so in order to then receive a 1098-T.
- Drake University is required to provide a 1098-T only to students enrolled in courses receiving academic credit. Students enrolled in non-credit courses through the School of Education or elsewhere will not receive a 1098-T. Please note that this does not impact the ability of these students to receive any tax credits for which they may be eligible.
- The PharmD program is a six year program in the School of Pharmacy. As noted on the School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences website , the first two years of the program are classified as pre-pharmacy and the remaining four years are classified as a professional program. Under the federal law governing the 1098-T, professional programs are classified together with graduate programs for tax purposes. As a result, students enrolled in the professional portion of the program will have the “Graduate” box checked on the 1098-T. This is true even if the student is classified as an undergraduate for financial aid purposes.