Form 1098-T: Everything you need to know

1098-T – What’s that?

Glad you asked! Each January, the IRS requires TJC to send out a form detailing how much tuition and fees you paid during the previous year.

Why do I need it?

If you are a dependent, your parents might take a tax credit or deduction based on qualified tuition and fee charges during the previous year. If your parents can’t claim you as a dependent, you may be able to deduct qualifying school expenses from your own taxes. Speak with a CPA or qualified tax preparer for more details.

What if I don’t get one?

We only send 1098-T forms to students who paid qualifying tuition or fees during the previous year. If you don’t pay out of pocket for tuition and fees, you probably won’t get a 1098-T in the mail.

Please check online at to see if there is a form available for you. If nothing comes up, then you more than likely did not qualify and will not be receiving the 1098-T.

When will I get one?

The IRS requires us to send 1098-T by Jan. 31.

Make sure your mailing address on file with TJC is correct. You can find your mailing address in Apache Access under Quick Links > Student Records > Personal Information. If you need to change your name or address, please go here for further instructions. Because 1098-T’s have been mailed this year (2018), please go to Heartland ECSI to retrieve your form.

I should have gotten one!

If you believe there’s been an error, please contact Heartland ECSI at 866-428-1098.

And that’s it! Again, ask a qualified tax preparer for more information about how the 1098-T will benefit you and your family, and let us know if you have any further questions.



Allen Arrick is the TJC Digital Communications Specialist. You can see his posts throughout this site. He likes coffee and Crossfit.