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Important Tax Information: IRS Form 1098-T

1098t Eligibility Announcement

2020 1098t's are now available on your student self service. You can download the electronic version directly from your student account. Please consent now to access your form electronically. Paper 2020 1098t's have been mailed out as of January 31, 2021. 

Note: If you received a text or email communication regarding Box 5, contact the Welcome and One Stop Center at (847) 543-2085 if you have questions.

A limited number of 1098T forms were recently mailed in error. The processing mistake has been fixed. If you unexpectedly received a 1098T, please properly dispose of the document. Your personal information security is our priority.

The IRS Form 1098-T provides important tax information to students (and/or their parents/guardians) who had qualified tuition and other related educational expenses paid to the college during the calendar year. A 1098-T form is used to determine if you are eligible for an education tax credit (as well as other tax benefits for higher education expenses).

All students should review the 1098-T information and elect to receive this document online (PDF).

Please share this information with your parents/guardians, because all students should make sure that CLC has their current mailing address on file, otherwise the college cannot generate their 1098-T form.

1098-T forms for the calendar year will be available for you to view and print on in mid-January if you consent to view online.

The College of Lake County will mail the IRS Form 1098-T to your address on record as of January 1 unless you decide to retrieve the Form 1098-T online from the college website.

All students enrolled in credit classes in the calendar year will receive the IRS Form 1098-T by January 31, per IRS guidelines. The IRS Form 1098-T is mailed to the student's address only.

Continuing Education Non-Credit Students

The IRS does not require the Form 1098-T to be sent to students for Continuing Education non-credit classes. Please read IRS Publication 970 about the possibility of using the Lifetime Learning Credit for these types of classes. You may use copies of your receipts in those instances.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is a 1098-T?
    The 1098-T form is used by eligible educational institutions to report information about their students to the IRS as required by the Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997. Eligible educational institutions are required to submit the student's name, address, taxpayer's identification number (TIN), enrollment status, amounts pertaining to qualified tuition and related expenses, and scholarships and/or grants, taxable or not. A 1098-T form must also be provided to each applicable student.

  2. Why did I receive a Form 1098-T?
    In January of each year, the college provides secure electronic access at to an IRS Form 1098-T for all students who had qualified tuition and other related educational expenses billed to them during the previous calendar year. If the form is not electronically accessed, it is mailed at the end of January.

  3. For purposes of Box 2, what educational expenses are considered as qualified tuition and related expenses?
    Qualified tuition and related expenses refer to tuition and required fees, such as course fees and lab fees that a student must pay to be enrolled at or attend an eligible education institution. Tuition waivers and refunds are considered reductions to qualified tuition and expenses.

    Qualified expenses do not include:

    1. Amounts paid for any course or education involving sports, games or hobbies unless the course or other education is required as part of the student's degree program or is taken to acquire or improve job skills.

    2. Charges and fees for room, board, insurance, transportation, personal, living and other family expenses.

    3. The cost of books and equipment are generally not qualified expenses because eligible educational institutions usually do not require that the cost of the books or equipment be paid to the institution as a condition of the student's enrollment or attendance at the institution.

  4. I misplaced my copy of the Form 1098-T. How do I get a reprint of my 1098-T form?
    You can securely electronically access a copy of your Form 1098-T at at anytime. If you have trouble accessing your 1098-T, please visit the Welcome and One Stop Center or contact Student Accounting if you questions.

  5. How can I view a copy of my 1098-T online?
    View the instructions for accessing your 1098-T online (PDF).

The College of Lake County reports the payments received when computing the 1098-T. Therefore the amount in Box 1 is calculated on all payments received between January 1 and December 31. It includes any third party and financial aid payments.

The College of Lake County uses your Social Security number to file the 1098-T only. Please make sure your Social Security number is correct.

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