The Form 1098-T, also referred to as the “Tuition Payment Statement”, is mailed to the student to assist you, the taxpayer, in determining if you are eligible to claim tax credits under the American Opportunity Credit or Lifetime Learning Credit. For information about these two tax credit options as a result of the Tax Relief Act of 1997, you may access IRS Publication 970, “Tax Benefits for Education” on the IRS website.

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Qualified educational charges

Qualified educational charges Charges considered “qualified” or “eligible
Eligible or qualified charges include in-state or out-of-state tuition charges plus other eligible fees including the following:

  • Technology fees
  • Student activity fees
  • Consolidated fees
  • Change of program fees
Non-qualified charges include the following:

  • Late payment fees
  • Late registration fees
  • Room and board or similar living expenses
  • Transportation
  • Meals
  • Books
  • Family expenses
  • Courses taken for no credit (unless taken to improve job skills)
  • Expenses paid at any time other than in the current year, January 1 to December 31
  • Insurance
  • Medical expenses

When will I be issued a Form 1098-T?

If you are eligible, CUNY will issue your Form 1098-T by January 31st.

  • Online: You can choose to receive a paperless 1098-T as soon as CUNY makes it available. To enroll, simply go to CUNYfirst Self Service > Campus Finances > View 1098-T, and select Grant Consent. You will be notified when the form is available.
  • By mail: Forms are mailed by January 31st via USPS.

Can I access my 1098-T online through CUNYfirst?

Yes! Go paperless for Form 1098-T Tuition Statement! It’s a safe and secure way to get your personal information.

To promote our paperless incentives, CUNY offers students an electronic Form 1098-T. You can Grant Consent to go paperless via CUNYfirst Self-Service. The benefits of going paperless are:

  • Online delivery provides access to the Form 1098-T earlier than the traditional mailing process.
  • Online delivery eliminates the chance that the 1098-T will get lost, misdirected, or delayed during delivery, or misplaced once you receive it.
  • Signing up for online delivery is easy and secure.
  • You can receive your Form 1098-T even while traveling away from your mailing address.

Note: Online Form 1098-T via Self-Service is not yet available to students from CUNY Graduate Center and the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.