The Questions and Answers on this page are for general informational purposes for Suffolk County Community College students and have not been approved by the IRS or the U.S. Treasury. This is not an official document and is not intended to provide income tax reporting advice. Please consult the IRS or a tax professional for answers to specific questions about your personal income tax return.
Current and prior year 1098-T forms are available via the Student Portal. Log into the Student Portal and select the “Students” tab. From the drop-down menu select “My Bill and Account Information”; click on the “Access Your 1098-T from Here.”
The 1098-T tax form is a Tuition Statement provided by higher education institutions to all eligible students who pay qualified tuition related expenses (including non-resident tuition) during the calendar year. The 1098-T form may be used by students or parents to claim education credits on their federal income tax returns. Specific information on the 1098-T form can be found at www.irs.gov or by contacting the IRS at: 1-800-829-1040.
Federal regulations require students to furnish their Social Security Number (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) for federal reporting requirements. These requirements apply to any student, regardless of whether the student seeks or intends to seek tax credits. A student who does not provide their SSN or ITIN upon request by the educational institution may be subject to a fine imposed by the IRS.
Students who did not provide their Social Security Number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number when they applied to Suffolk County Community College will find the “STUDENT’S social security number” field on their1098-T tax form blank. If you have a SSN or ITIN please complete Form W9-S and drop off your signed and dated form at any of the three campus Bursar's Offices. If you do not have a SSN/ITIN, please visit www.irs.gov to determine which one you qualify for and how to apply for it. Once you’ve received your SSN/ITIN, please complete the W-9S form and return it to one of the three campus Bursar’s Offices.
The amount included in Box 1 includes all reportable payments for qualified tuition and related expenses (QTRE) received by Suffolk County Community College on behalf of the student. To assist you in determining the amount of QTRE paid for the calendar year, it is recommended that you download a copy of your billing statement for each relevant semester. Account statements are available via the Student Portal. Log on to the Student Portal (MySCCC) and select the “Students” tab. From the drop-down menu, select “Bill and Account Information”. Choose My Statement and Payment History from the My Bill and Statement section.
Fees not required for attendance at the College are not included in qualified expenses. These include but are not limited to placement and testing, traffic violations, ID cards, late fees, tuition payment plan enrollment fee, returned check charges, fines, emergency loans, administrative fees, transcript fees, insurance fees, and library fines.
Beginning with the 2018 tax year, Box 2 is no longer used.
Box 3 will be checked on the 2018 1098T to indicate the change in reporting amounts paid instead of amounts billed.
This box shows the amount of any tuition and fees reductions in the current calendar year for charges that were billed in a previous calendar year.
The figure in Box 5 - Scholarships or Grants includes scholarships, grants and, if applicable, payments made by a third party under a formal billing arrangement (i.e., outside scholarships, employer provided educational assistance, military, etc.) which have been administered by the College. If you received other forms of outside scholarships and grants not administered by Suffolk County Community College, it is your responsibility to adjust the figure accordingly. Third party payments do not include payments made by your parent, other individuals, or AmeriCorps.
No. Loans are not included on form 1098-T.
This box shows the amount of any scholarship, grant and, if applicable, third party reductions in the current calendar year for aid that was credited in a previous calendar year.
Box 7 will be checked if your qualified tuition expenses include charges for an academic period that begins after the end of the calendar year (that is, you made a payment for qualified tuition and related expenses in December for the following Spring semester).
Box 8 will not be checked if you were not enrolled for half-time status during an academic period during the calendar year. Suffolk County Community College checks this box if you were half-time or more for at least one term beginning during the year. This information might be important in determining certain tax credits.
Yes, the IRS requires institutions to file information returns to assist taxpayers and the IRS in determining the amount of qualified tuition and related expenses.
No. The form is an informational report to you, the primary purpose of the 10968-T is to inform you that Suffolk County Community College has provided the required information to the IRS to assist them in determining who may be eligible to claim the tuition and fee deduction or education credits. You should keep the Form 1098-T in your tax file as backup.
Current and prior year 1098-T forms are available via the Student Portal. Log on to the Student Portal (MySCCC) and select the “Students” tab. From the drop-down menu, select “Bill and Account Information”. Click on the “Access Your 1098-T from Here.” From the My Bill and Statement section.
To inquire about incorrect information on your 1098-T please contact Suffolk County Community College by one of the following methods: Telephone: (631) 451- 4580 Email: 1098info@sunysuffolk.edu
Only the student. Federal rules do not allow the college to release information to others.
If you received College credit for a course taken in High School, you may receive a form 1098T from the College. Please consult the IRS or a tax professional to determine the tax implication of these expenses.
If you are an international student with 1098-T reportable transactions for the past year, you will be issued a 1098-T.
Please review IRS forms, instructions, and publications or consult a tax professional to determine your eligibility for a tax credit.
No. Payments made for books are not included in Box 1. Please consult the IRS or a tax professional to determine the tax implication of these expenses.
The college is not required to report charges for non-credit classes.