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1098-T Tuition Statements

PLEASE NOTE: 2016 1098-Ts will be mailed at the end of January, 2017

An email has been sent to all Blinn College students offering electronic delivery of the 2016 1098-Ts. Follow this link to set up electronic delivery of your 2016 1098-T: https://heartland.ecsi.net/index.main.html#/access/eConsent

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.

Blinn College reports qualified tuition and educational expenses billed to the student in a calendar year.   Due to the provisions of FERPA, Blinn College 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 2016

A new checkbox will be added to the student's copy of the 1098-T form; which certifies that Blinn College 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 College and the student’s employer or a governmental agency, such as the Department of Veterans Affairs or the Department of Defense.
     

2016 1098-T Information

1098-Ts for tax year 2016 will be mailed to students permanent addresses by January 31, 2017.

2016 1098-T statements are scheduled to be available online beginning Saturday, January 21, 2017.

The login page is www.heartland.ecsi.net

Prior year 1098-T Information

ECSI also maintains 1098-T files online for tax years 2006 – 2014.  To obtain a 1098-T in this time period, follow the directions for obtaining a 2013 1098-T as given above.  For tax years before 2006, contact the Blinn College Business office for further details. 

Tax preparation

Blinn College 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 College reports qualified tuition and educational expenses billed for academic credit for the calendar year of 2016 to the IRS. This means that the tuition applicable to all academic terms in 2016 is what is reported on the 1098-T. It also includes amounts billed in 2016 for future academic terms such as what occurs in the fall of 2016 when a student registers for the Spring Term of 2017.

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 College does not report the actual amounts of tuition and fees paid in 2016. The IRS gives Blinn College a choice in how it reports qualified tuition and educational expenses; the billed method lets Blinn College report accurate and consistent information from year to year.

For more information

Any questions relating to Blinn College's 1098-Ts should be directed to Rebecca Marshall; her email address is Rebecca.Marshall@blinn.edu or she can be reached by telephone at 979-830-4287.