1098-T Tuition Statements

The 1098-T provides a detail of tuition and fees billed in accordance with the 1997 Taxpayer Relief Act. The IRS Publication 970, Tax Benefits for Education, can help you answer many of your questions regarding your educational tax benefits.  Click here to access the publication.  The most current IRS Publication 970 was produced in 2013.

The Blinn College District reports qualified tuition and educational expenses billed to the student in a calendar year. Due to the provisions of FERPA, Blinn cannot provide 1098-T information to parents or to tax preparers. Students can access their tax information through the ECSI website and may pass it along as necessary.

New in 2017

A new checkbox will be added to the student's copy of the 1098-T form; which certifies that the Blinn College District has complied with the standards set by the Secretary of the Treasury for obtaining student's Tax Identification Numbers.

Students who may not receive a 1098-T

  • Students who take courses for which no academic credit is offered, even if the student is otherwise enrolled in a degree program.
  • Non-resident alien students; unless requested by the student.
  • Students whose qualified tuition and related expenses are entirely waived or paid entirely with scholarships and or grants.
  • Students whose qualified tuition and related expenses are covered by a formal billing arrangement between Blinn and the student’s employer or a governmental agency, such as the Department of Veterans Affairs or the Department of Defense.
     

2017 1098-T Information

1098-Ts for tax year 2017 were mailed during the last week of January 2018.

1098-T statements are currently available through the Heartland ECSI web portal

Students who would like to access an electronic copy of their 1098-T statement, or who have questions about their 1098-T statement should go to the Heartland ECSI website (https://heartland.ecsi.net/).

First-time visitors to this web page will be asked to create a profile. Click on the “New to Heartland ECSI?” icon for further information. Please have the following information available to create a profile:

  • Student’s first and last name
  • Student’s social security number
  • Student’s zip code of his/her permanent address, as on file with Blinn
  • Student’s Blinn ID number

Returning users should click on the “Tax Documents” icon.   To retrieve 1098-Ts, choose the “CLICK HERE TO SEARCH FOR YOUR TAX FORM.”  If you have questions about your 1098-T, click on the “1098-T Tax Documents” icon.

If you require assistance during this process, ECSI maintains a live chat feature that is easily accessible.  Look for the live chat drop down on your screen, click, and open the feature.

 

 

Prior year 1098-T Information

ECSI also maintains 1098-T files online for tax years 2006 – 2016.  To obtain a 1098-T in this time period, follow the directions for obtaining a 2017 1098-T as given above.  For tax years before 2006, contact the Blinn Business Office for further details. 

Tax preparation

  • Blinn does not provide assistance in the preparation of tax returns. Questions regarding the usage of 1098-Ts in a tax return need to be directed to the student’s tax preparer.
  • Blinn reports qualified tuition and educational expenses billed for academic credit for the calendar year of 2017 to the IRS. This means that the tuition applicable to all academic terms in 2017 is what is reported on the 1098-T. It also includes amounts billed in 2017 for future academic terms such as what occurs in the fall of 2017 when a student registers for the Spring Term of 2018.
  • Examples of qualified tuition are tuition, general fee, and course fees.  Expenses that are NOT qualified educational expenses are vehicle registration fees, meal plans, or dormitory charges.
  • Blinn does not report the actual amounts of tuition and fees paid in 2017. The IRS gives Blinn a choice in how it reports qualified tuition and educational expenses; the billed method lets Blinn report accurate and consistent information from year to year.

For more information

Questions relating to Blinn's 1098-Ts should be directed to Rebecca Marshall at Rebecca.Marshall@blinn.edu or call 979-830-4287.