IRS Form 1098T

2023 1098-T forms will be available in January 2024.

New: Consent to receive 1098-T electronically now available through Money Matters.

  • Students will be notified by email to their account when online viewing of the 2023 1098-T forms is available.
  • Boston University has contracted with Maximus, to provide both the electronic and paper 1098-T forms. We encourage students to consent to receive the 1098-T electronically to save paper and mailing costs. When available, forms may be viewed online or printed on demand from the Maximus web site.
  • Students who do not consent to electronic delivery will have the paper 1098-T form mailed. Paper 1098-T forms will not be mailed until near January 31 and may not reach you until sometime after that date.
  • To retrieve your 1098-T electronically:
    • Launch a web browser and go to (note: Internet Explorer 9 users may need to use “Compatibility View”)
    • Students new to the Maximus website:
    • Click the “Register” 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 Maximus 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.

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.  Beginning with the 2018 calendar year, this includes payments received for qualified tuition and related expenses, scholarships and/or grants.  These amounts 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 2023, all domestic Boston University students who made payments towards qualified tuition and related expenses 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 2023:

  • Spring 2023
  • Summer 1 2023
  • Summer 2 2023
  • Fall 2023
  • Spring 2024 (Students who registered in calendar year 2023 and made qualified payments in 2023)

In addition, students who had adjustments to prior year tuition and fee charges or scholarship awards during calendar year 2023 will be sent the Form 1098-T even if they were not enrolled for the semesters listed above.

I’m an international student, how do I obtain a 1098-T form?

1098-T forms are not automatically generated for nonresident alien students, however you may request that the form be reported for you. To request a 1098-T form please email and include your name, university ID number, and tax year for which you are requesting the form.

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 January 31 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 Maximus 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 Maximus 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 Maximus 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 Maximus
W2 Wage and Tax Statement Boston University Payroll Department
1042-S Foreign Person’s U.S. Source Income Boston University Payroll Department

What if my Taxpayer Identification Number (SSN/ITIN) is not included on my 1098-T Form?

If the 1098-T does not include the student’s social security number (SSN) / individual taxpayer ID number (ITIN), please call Student Accounting Services at 617-353-2264 to provide the number by phone.  Our office is open Monday through Friday, 9AM to 5PM.  Alternatively, you may download the Request for Student’s Taxpayer Identification Number form and send it via paper mail or fax using the information below. Please DO NOT email the form.

Student Accounting Services
25 Buick Street, Suite 130
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 and filed with the IRS.