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1098-T Frequently Asked Questions

What is a 1098-T Tuition Statement form?

The 1098-T is an information form filed with the Internal Revenue Service. This form is provided to help you or the person who may claim you as a dependent determine whether or not you may be able to claim an educational credit on Form 1040. Receiving a 1098-T form does not mean you are necessarily eligible for an education tax credit. To determine your eligibility, contact your tax advisor or visit the IRS website. Forms are mailed or available no later than January 31.

How do I receive a copy of my 1098-T?

If eligible, a 1098-T form will be mailed to you no later than January 31. If you are not already logged in to your Salem State account you will be redirected to the login page.

To view an electronic copy of the 1098-T form follow this link:

1098-T Form

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What are qualified tuition and related expenses?

  • Graduate & Undergraduate Resident and Non-Resident tuition
  • Special class fees
  • University fees

The IRS gave Colleges and Universities the option to either report “Box 1 Payments received for qualified tuition and related expenses” or “Box 2 Amounts billed for qualified tuition and related expenses.”   Up through 2017 Salem State University chose to report Box 2 qualified amounts billed.  As of 2018 the IRS has changed the reporting method Box 3 requiring that Box 1 Payments received now be reported. 

What are Non-qualified expenses?

Room and Board


Books if they are not required for enrollment or attendance at an eligible educational institution

Non-credit course fees 

What do the boxes represent?

Box 1 Payments Received reflect all payments posted to your student account during the calendar year – January 1 through December 31 regardless of the semester to which those charges apply. Please note that Salem State University begins billing students for spring tuition and fees in November/December in advance of the spring semester. Example: if you pre-registered for spring semester, any payments made in November/December towards the Spring term will be included in Box 1 of your 2018 1098-T. Box 7 will be checked. States “Checked if Box 1 includes amounts for an academic period beginning January – March” Refer to Publication 970 on the IRS website for how to report these amounts.

Box 5 Scholarship and/or Grants represent those disbursed by financial aid.

Box 8 Checked if a student is considered to be carrying at least one-half the normal full-time workload for their course of study for at least one academic period during the calendar year.

Box 9 Checked if a graduate student. 

Why didn’t I receive a 1098-T form?

  • Enrollment – did not get academic credit for course
  • Paid by Fin Aid – A 1098-T form will only be produced if there is more posted payment activity on an account during the calendar year January 1 to December 31. Note: A form will not be produced if posted scholarships and/or grants Box 5 are more than the posted payments Box 1.
  • Citizenship status – no citizenship status in system for student or coded as Non Resident Alien.
  • Your address in our system is not current and the form was returned by the post office. 

Why is a 1098-T not generated for Non Resident Aliens (international students)?

Salem State University is not required to supply Non Resident Alien students with a form 1098-T according to the guidelines established by the Internal Revenue Service. However, one can be generated upon student request and the information will be forwarded to the IRS. You should refer to Publication 970 on the IRS website to determine if you are in fact eligible to take an educational credit. Please note: to have a 1098-T generated you must have a valid social security or tax identification number (TIN) on file with the University.  

Updating your Social Security Number with Salem State

If you need to update your SSN or TIN with the University, please complete a W-9S (Substitute form) with the Student Navigation Center.