2016 FORM 1098-T federal tax documents are now available online for qualified students. The online 1098-T is a copy of your paper tax form. Paper forms will be mailed by January 31.
Important note regarding Box 1 & 2:
Eligible educational institutions may choose to report payments received, or amounts billed, for qualified tuition and related expenses. Tulane chooses to report Amounts Billed in Box 2, instead of Payments Received in Box 1.
Form 1098-T is the information return that colleges and universities are required to issue for the purpose of determining a student's eligibility for the American Opportunity Tax Credit and Lifetime Learning Credit education tax credits. More information about these tax credits can be found online: https://www.irs.gov/individuals/education-credits-aotc-llc
A 1098-T form is produced annually for each student with qualifying account transactions if a valid Social Security or Tax Identification Number was provided to the University. A paper form will be mailed to each qualifying student no later than January 31.
Accounts Receivable staff members are not tax preparers and cannot give advice on preparation. You may refer to IRS Publication 970 or Publication 17, Chapter 35 for more information.
Why did I not receive a 1098-T? I paid tuition in 2016.
Educational institutions may choose to report payments received, or amounts billed for qualified tuition and related expenses. Tulane chooses to report Amounts Billed in Box 2, instead of Payments Received. We are mandated to report transactions posted during the calendar year, January 1 through December 31.
If the student registered for spring semester 2016 in 2015, tuition charges posted as registration occurred, and were reported on the 2015 1098-T form. Box 7 was checked indicating that the amount in box 2 included tuition for spring semester of 2016. It may be necessary to consult your 2015 and 2016 1098-T forms to complete your taxes.
Below is an explanation of how Tulane determines the value in each box of the 1098-T form.
Box 1: Payments Received for Qualified Tuition and Related Expenses
Important: Your 1098-T form will show a 0.00 or blank value in this box. Please refer to your own records to determine eligible payments made in tax year.
Eligible educational institutions may choose to report payments received, or amounts billed, for qualified tuition and related expenses. Tulane chooses to report Amounts Billed in Box 2, instead of Payments Received.
Box 2: Amounts Billed for Qualified Tuition and Related Expenses
Box 2 displays the amounts billed during the calendar year for qualified tuition and related expenses. The amount reported is the total amount billed for tuition, academic service fees, student acivity fees and course fees less any reductions in those charges made during the calendar year. The amount reported is not reduced by scholarships and grants reported in Box 5.
Box 3: Checkbox for Change of Reporting Method
No changes were made.
Box 3 would be checked if Tulane had changed our method of reporting (Payments Received versus Amounts Billed) in 2016 as opposed to the method Tulane used for 2015.
Box 4: Adjustments Made for Prior Year
Box 4 displays any reductions in charges made for qualified tuition and related expenses posted during the calendar year that relate to amounts billed that were reported for any prior year after 2002.
Box 5: Scholarships or Grants
Box 5 displays the total amount of any scholarships or grants processed during the calendar year for payment of the student's costs of attendance. Scholarships and grants generally include 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
Box 6 displays the amount of any reduction to the amount of scholarships or grants that were reported for any prior year after 2002.
Box 7: Checkbox for Amounts for an Academic Period Beginning in January through March 2017
Box 7 is checked if any amounts billed for qualified tuition and related expenses reported for 2016 relate to an academic period that begins in January through March of 2017.
Box 8: Check if at Least Half-Time Student
Box 8 is checked if the student was at least a half-time student during any academic period that began in 2016. A half-time student is a student enrolled for at least half the full-time academic workload for the course of study the student is pursuing.
Box 9: Check if a Graduate Student
Box 9 is checked if the student was a graduate student. The student is a graduate student if the student was enrolled in a program or programs leading to a graduate-level degree, graduate-level certificate, or other recognized graduate-level educational credential.
How to Add or Update your SSN/TIN or Name on File
If you have not provided Tulane with a valid Social Security or a Tax ID number, you must provide that information at this time to be eligable for a Form 1098-T. You may provide that information securely to Tulane by:
- Logging on to Gibson Online. An alert will be displayed on the Student tab to complete your Social Security Number Request. If you previously dismissed the popup with "Don't Ask Again", you may not be able to use the online form.
- Printing and completing Tulane’s substitute FORM W-9S which can be found at http://pandora.tcs.tulane.edu/acctrec/pdfs/Substitute_W9S_TU_v2.pdf
- For name changes, please contact the Office of the Registrar at (504) 865-5231 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Please also notify Account Receivable of your intention to update your legal name at email@example.com.
Online Access to Tax Form
Online access is currently available for tax years 2013 - 2016, where applicable. Please contact Accounts Receivable directly if you require a copy of a prior year 1098-T tax statement. A paper copy of the 2016 statement will be mailed to all students with reportable information no later than January 31, 2017.