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
1098-Ts are available now at the ECSI website. Follow the directions below in the 2015 1098-T Information section for immediate access to your 1098-T.
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 2015
Under IRS guidelines, the social security number on the paper 1098-T may be truncated on the paper form that is mailed to the student.
Students who may not receive a 1098-T
2015 1098-T Information
1098-Ts for tax year 2015 will be mailed to students permanent addresses by January 31, 2016.
When the 2015 1098-T information is posted online at www.ecsi.net/1098T. Students can print a copy of their 1098-T if they want it before they receive their mailed 1098-T.
The login page is www.ecsi.net/myacct ; to login, the student needs the following three pieces of information:
To obtain your PIN number, call ECSI at 866-428-1098. Blinn College does not have your PIN number. The password and the school code are mailed with the paper 1098-T. To obtain a password by phone, the student should call ECSI on the ECSI 1098-T hotline, 866-428-1098. Blinn College does not have access to the students’ ECSI password / PIN number. For this reason, Blinn College cannot provide reprints of 1098-Ts. The student can reprint their 1098-T from the ECSI website.
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.
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 2015 to the IRS. This means that the tuition applicable to all academic terms in 2015 is what is reported on the 1098-T. It also includes amounts billed in 2015 for future academic terms such as what occurs in the fall of 2015 when a student registers for the Spring Term of 2016.
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 2015. 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.