IRS Form 1098T

1098-T forms for 2015 are now available online!

  • Students will be notified by email to their bu.edu account when online viewing of the 2015 1098-T forms is available.
  • Boston University has contracted with General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT), formerly Vangent, Inc., to provide both the electronic and paper 1098-T forms. If you do not retrieve your 1098-T electronically, one will be mailed to you.
  • Paper 1098-T forms will not be mailed until near February 1st and may not reach you until sometime after that date.
  • You do not need to wait to view your 1098-T online if you follow the instructions below to consent to receiving the 1098-T electronically in lieu of a mailed form.
  • Please note that you can login to the GDIT website and view your 1098-T after February 1st, even if you receive a paper copy.
  • To retrieve your 1098-T electronically:
    • Launch a web browser and go to tra.vangent.com (note: Internet Explorer 9 users may need to use “Compatibility View”)
    • Students new to the GDIT website:
    • Click the “First Time Students” Button
    • Enter your full First and Last names and the last 5 digits of your Social Security Number.
    • Click Submit.
    • If records are present for you, you will be instructed to create an account. Follow the instructions on the website to create a free account and retrieve your 1098-T. If records are not found for you or if you have difficulty creating an account, use the “Help” link in the left menu.
  • Students who have already created an account on the GDIT website should login with their User ID and Password. If you have forgotten your User ID or Password please click on the “Forgot your Password” or “Forgot your User ID” link to retrieve or reset the information.
  • Remember, by acknowledging that you are receiving the 1098-T electronically, a hard copy form will NOT be mailed to you. However, you can go to the website as often as needed to retrieve a copy.

Please visit the IRS website for further information on the American Opportunity credit and Lifetime Learning tax credit.

***Boston University staff cannot give tax advice or assist you in calculating individual credit amounts. Please consult your tax advisor for assistance. Your personal financial records serve as your official supporting documentation for your federal tax return.***

What is the 1098-T form?

The 1098-T form is used to assist you in determining if you are eligible for an Education Tax Credit. As an educational institution, Boston University is required to report information for eligible students and this includes amounts charged for qualified tuition, fees, scholarships and/or grants. Qualified tuition, fees, scholarships and credits are reported by calendar year according to the date of the transaction on your student bill. A 1098-T form must be provided to each eligible student, but the form is for informational purposes only and is not filed with your taxes. Receiving the form means you may be eligible for a federal income tax education credit. While it is a good starting point, the 1098-T does not contain all of the information needed to claim a tax credit. It does not mean that you qualify for a tax credit and does not require you to claim a tax credit. Education credits are claimed on Form 8863, Education Credits. For details on these and other education-related tax breaks, see IRS Publication 970.

Who will receive the IRS Form 1098-T?

For tax reporting year 2015, all domestic Boston University students who were officially registered and taking courses for academic credit in at least one of the following semesters will be sent the Form 1098-T, if the qualified tuition and fee charges for the semester were posted to the student’s account during 2015:

  • Spring 2015 (Students who registered in calendar year 2015)
  • Summer 1 2015
  • Summer 2 2015
  • Fall 2015
  • Spring 2016 (Students who registered in calendar year 2015. Students who register for Spring 2016 in calendar year 2016 will have the qualified tuition and fees for the semester included on their 1098-T in 2016.)

In addition, students who had adjustments to prior year tuition and fee charges or scholarship awards during calendar year 2015 will be sent the Form 1098-T even if they were not enrolled for the semesters listed above.

When will IRS Form 1098-T be mailed and what address will it be mailed to?

IRS Form 1098-T will be mailed no later than February 2 following the tax year to be reported, to the student’s home address. The form will be mailed to the student’s local address if Boston University does not have the student’s home address.

Who will mail the IRS Form 1098-T and answer students’ questions?

Boston University has contracted with GDIT to compile and mail the IRS Form 1098-T to our students. However, any questions regarding the form should be directed to Boston University Student Accounting Services.

Will GDIT answer tax-related questions?

Students should refer all tax-related questions to their own tax counsel. Students may get additional information from IRS Publication 970, Tax Benefits for Higher Education, or visit the Internal Revenue Service website.

How can a student get a duplicate 1098-T?

Students can now view their 1098-T and print a copy by visiting the GDIT web site.

Students can call Student Accounting Services at 617-353-2264 to request a duplicate 1098-T.

Who will send the various tax-related forms to Boston University students?

IRS Form Who prepares and sends
1098-T Tuition Payment Statement GDIT
W2 Wage and Tax Statement Boston University Payroll Department
1042-S Foreign Person’s U.S. Source Income Boston University Payroll Department

How does a student obtain a corrected 1098-T?

If the 1098-T does not include the student’s social security number (SSN) / individual taxpayer ID number (ITIN), please download the Request for Student’s Taxpayer Identification Number form and send it via mail or fax using the information below. Please DO NOT email the form.

Student Accounting Services
881 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
Fax: 617-353-3313

The student’s SSN/ITIN will be updated and a corrected Form 1098-T will be made available on tra.vangent.com and filed with the IRS.