Tax Credits for Higher Education

The University of Arkansas' sole responsibility regarding the 1098-T form is to furnish it to students incurring tuition and related expenses. The University is not responsible for, and is prohibited by law, from giving tax advice. Taxpayers should contact their tax advisor or the Internal Revenue Service for guidance. Please note that the 1098-T form is an informational tax form only. It may not be able to be used as a “plug and play” form like the W-2 or 1099 tax forms.

2018 1098-T Changes

In previous years, your 1098-T included a figure in Box 2 that represented the qualified tuition and related expenses (QTRE) we billed to your student account for the calendar (tax) year. Due to a change to institutional reporting requirements under federal law, we will report the amount of QTRE you paid during the year beginning with tax year 2018. The University of Arkansas was closed December 22, 2018 to January 2, 2019. All payments received by mail during this time were processed on January 2, 2019 and will be included on the 2019 1098-T form. Payments that were mailed and received prior to December 22, 2018 are included on the 2018 1098-T form.

IRS Form 1098-T (Tuition Payment Statement)

IRS Form 1098-T is a tuition payment statement that may assist taxpayers in calculating any education tax credit for which they may be eligible.

The 1098-T contains the filer's (University of Arkansas at Fayetteville) address, Federal Tax ID number and contact information, along with the student's name, address, truncated social security number, and enrollment status. More importantly, the 1098-T contains the amount paid toward qualified tuition and related expenses (QTRE) to the University during the calendar year and the amount of any scholarships or grants received by the student during the calendar year. It also contains any adjustments to these amounts from a prior year.

Qualified tuition and related expenses (QTRE) are defined by the IRS as "tuition and fees required for enrollment or attendance." In general, not all charges incurred during a calendar year will meet IRS requirements--which is why the figure in Box 1 will probably not match the total amount you paid for the calendar year. Some University charges that the IRS considers non-qualified are listed in the table below.

To get a copy of your current 1098-T, log into your Student Homepage on UAConnect and click on the Treasurer’s Office tile. Select the View my 1098-T link in the left-hand menu and click View 1098-T.

1098-T FAQS

Non-Qualified Expenses

Why did I receive this form? Treasurer's Office 479-575-5651
As an eligible educational institution, the University is required by law to provide Form 1098-T to students who were enrolled in courses at the University during the calendar year. It may be used in calculating any education tax credit for which you may be elgible.
Where can I find my payment history?
Payment history is available through the Treasurer's Office tile on the UAConnect Student Homepage. In the left-hand menu click the Account Inquiry link and the Summary link, then select the first tab, Account Inquiry, and click on Payments to view your detailed payment history.
What should I do with this form?
If you are listed as a dependent on another taxpayer's return, your 1098-T should be given to the taxpayer. If no one else claims you as a dependent, you should give the form to your tax preparer.
I do my own taxes and don't have a tax preparer. How much can I claim on my taxes?
The University cannot provide tax advice. Whether or not you are able to take advantage of a tax credit depends upon your individual status and circumstances--which are known only to you. Contact the Internal Revenue Service for guidance.
I never received a 1098-T. How do I get one?
To get a copy of your current 1098-T, log into your Student Homepage on UAConnect and click on the Treasurer’s Office tile. Select the View my 1098-T link in the left-hand menu and click View 1098-T.
What information did the University send to the IRS?
Beginning in 2003, eligible educational institutions are required to provide the IRS with the same information that is reported on your 1098-T.
  • Bookstore Charge
  • Fines
  • Examination Fees
  • GA Health Insurance
  • Graduation Fee
  • Health Center Charges
  • Health Fee
  • Housing Charges
  • Installment Plan Charge
  • International Health Insurance
  • Late Payment Fee
  • Library Charges
  • NRA Scholarship Tax
  • Parking
  • Refund Checks Issued
  • Return Check Fine Charge
  • Study Abroad Program Fees
  • Transit Fee
  • University Withdrawal Fee

Additional Links...

IRS Site
IRS Forms, Instructions & Publications
Tax Information for Students
IRS Form 8863
Tax Benefits for Education

Important Deadlines
Deadline Fall  2019
Financial Adj for Dropped Classes See New Policy
Financial Adj for Withdrawal See New Policy
Payment Deadline (no payment plan) Aug 30
Financial Aid/Scholarship Disbursement Begins Aug 16
Payment Plan Last Installment Dec 02

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