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1098-T Frequently Asked Questions

Caution: Cornell can not act as an individual's tax adviser. This information is for general guidance ONLY.

Why didn't I receive a 1098-T form?

Cornell does not issue a 1098-T form if financial aid equals or exceeds tuition charges, or if the student is enrolled in not-for-credit classes only.

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What is a 1098-T form?

A 1098-T form is a statement of tuition billed and scholarships/grants issued. The 1098-T form is used by taxpayers to claim educational tax credits, i.e., the American opportunity credit, the Hope credit*, or the Lifetime learning credit.

*The Hope credit can be claimed only if at least one eligible student is attending an eligible educational institution in Midwestern disaster areas in the states of Arkansas, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, and Wisconsin.

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What are the "Lifetime Learning" and "Hope" tax credits?
How can I obtain the financial information required for the credits?

Review your bursar bills and/or other documents. If you need copies of your bills, you may obtain them in one of the following ways:

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I received a 1098-T form from Cornell. Does that mean I am eligible for a tax credit?

Not necessarily. there are many restrictions associated with the tax credits. Review the IRS Forms and Publications for guidance.

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I am a foreign student; can I claim a credit?

Generally, foreign students can not claim a credit. However, some foreign students may be eligible. Review the IRS Forms and Publications for guidance.

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Why is there no check mark in box 8 ("at least part-time")?

Box 8 will not be checked if you did not complete six credit hours during an academic period and/or you were a graduate student in absentia.

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I took a graduate level course; why is there no check mark in box 9 ("graduate student")?

Box 9 will not be checked if you were not enrolled in a graduate degree program, or you were enrolled during the calendar year first as an undergraduate student and then a graduate student.

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How do I get a copy of 1098-T form?

You may view and/or print a copy of your 1098-T form at any time using Cornell Net.Pay. For more information, visit the Tax Information page on the Bursar's Web site.

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How do I withdraw my consent to receive my 1098-T form electronically and start receiving it in paper format?

Log in to Net.Pay, go to the 1098-T tax form tab, and then click the box labeled “withdraw from electronic 1098-T."

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How do I update my contact information online?

Update your contact information through Cornell Net.Pay.

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