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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.

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Qualified educational charges

Qualified educational charges
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

Charges considered “qualified” or “eligible
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