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Financial Obligations and Responsibilities

Learn what you need to know about your newfound financial responsibilities now that you’re in college. 

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Taxes don’t stop when you’re in college. 

Every tax situation is different and you may be wondering how your education may affect your own. We’ve put together some info and compiled a list of frequently asked questions to help you.

The Taxpayer Relief Act enacted several benefits for college students, including the American Opportunity tax credit and the Lifetime Learning credit. Purdue Fort Wayne will electronically send or mail Internal Revenue Service Form 1098-T to all qualifying students who were billed for credit courses during the tax year.

For more information, please visit the IRS website.

We’ve put together a list of some of the most common forms and publications you may need from the IRS. Please note that all files are in PDF format unless otherwise indicated. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view these files.

Effective January 1, 2018, the IRS now requires universities to report what students paid to an educational institution. Payments made prior to January 1, 2018, toward the 2018 spring semester qualified tuition will not appear on the Form 1098-T, either in 2017 or 2018, for the following reasons: 

  • On Form 1098-T for 2017, Purdue Fort Wayne was reporting qualified charges in Box 2. Spring 2018 charges were incurred in November and reported in Box 2 on the 2017 Form 1098-T. 
  • On the 2018 Form 1098-T, Purdue Fort Wayne has reported qualified payments in Box 1. 
  • Your payment made prior to January 1, 2018, cannot be reported in 2018. 

While the transition can be a bit confusing, nothing has been lost or misreported during the transition from reporting charges in Box 2 in 2017 to reporting payments in Box 1 in 2018.

You can log in to your goPFW account and access your 1098-T by clicking on the yellow dollar sign located under the Billing and Financial Aid tab. The 1098-T will be available on January 31.

Colleges and universities are required, under Internal Revenue Code Section 6050S, to issue the Form 1098-T for the purpose of determining a taxpayer’s eligibility for various tax credits and/or deductions.

Purdue Fort Wayne must file a Form 1098-T for each student enrolled for the given calendar year and for whom a reportable transaction is made. However, the IRS does not require Purdue Fort Wayne to provide a Form 1098-T in the following situations: 

  • Courses for which no academic credit is offered, even if the student is otherwise enrolled in a degree program
  • Nonresident alien students
  • Students whose qualified tuition and related expenses are entirely waived or paid entirely with scholarships and/or grants
  • Students whose expenses are covered by a formal third-party billing arrangement.

For purposes of the tuition and fees deduction, 
qualified-education expenses are tuition, and certain related expenses required for enrollment or attendance at an eligible educational institution. The housing, meal plan, orientation, payment plan, and other miscellaneous fees generally are not qualifying expenses for tax purposes. Please reference IRS Publication 970: Tax Benefits for Education for additional guidance. Purdue Fort Wayne cannot legally provide tax advice. Please consult with a qualified tax preparer or the IRS if you have tax-related questions.

Here’s a quick glance at the amounts that are reported on the IRS Form 1098-T:

  • Box 1 is qualified payments made toward qualifying expenses within the calendar year. 
  • Box 2 represents amounts billed for qualified tuition and related expenses netted against any reductions (fee waivers, remissions) in charges for qualified tuition and related expenses. 
  • Box 4 represents reductions made to amounts billed for qualified tuition and related expenses that were reported for a prior calendar year. 
  • Box 5 represents the total amount of scholarships, grants, or third-party sponsor credits that were processed for the payment of qualified tuition and related expenses. 
  • Box 6 represents the amount of reductions or refunds made for scholarships or grants that were reported for a prior year. 
  • Box 8 is checked only if you have been at least a half-time student (6 credit hours) for at least one academic period that began during the calendar year. 
  • Box 9 is checked if you were enrolled as a graduate student for at least one academic period during the calendar year for which reporting is required.

Yes. Section 6050S of the Internal Revenue Code, as enacted by the Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997, requires institutions to file information returns to assist taxpayers and the Internal Revenue Service in determining eligibility for the American Opportunity and Lifetime Learning education tax credits. The annual deadline to file the required tax information electronically is March 31, although data may be transmitted earlier.

Log in to goPFW, look on the Enrollment tab, and click on Tax Notification (found under Registration Tools) to print a copy of your 1098-T. Since you don’t attach the 1098-T to your 1040, that’s not a problem. You can use your bills and receipts as the backup to claim the credit. 

Keep it for your personal records and share it with your tax preparer; Purdue Fort Wayne sends your 1098-T information to the IRS. The information contained in the 1098-T will help you to determine if you may claim various tax credits and/or deductions for qualified educational expenses. Please be aware that the 1098-T captures financial information on a calendar-year basis (January 1 to December 31) and that you will likely need your statements of account (also available from your TouchNet portal) and other personal receipts (e.g., books and supplies) to calculate your tax credits and deductions.

Purdue Fort Wayne cannot legally provide tax advice. Please consult with a qualified tax preparer or the IRS if you have questions concerning how to use this form on your taxes. For additional support, please review the following resources and websites: 

Purdue Fort Wayne cannot legally provide tax advice. Please consult with a qualified tax preparer or the IRS if you have questions concerning eligibility for credits. You can find restrictions for claiming the credit in the instructions to Form 8863.

Purdue Fort Wayne requires your correct identifying number to file certain information returns with the IRS and to furnish a statement to you, such as the IRS Form 1098-T. For students, this will be your Social Security number (SSN) or, if you are not eligible to obtain an SSN, your individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN).

Failure to provide your correct identifying number could result in an IRS penalty on each incorrect document. To furnish your SSN/ITIN, drop off or mail IRS Form W-9S to the Office of the Bursar:

Purdue Fort Wayne
Office of the Bursar
2101 East Coliseum Boulevard
Fort Wayne, IN 46805

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