Tax Relief Act Information Form 1098-T

Form 1098-T is an informational tax document to aid taxpayers in determining whether they are eligible to claim a tax deduction or one of the education tax credits (Hope Credit, American Opportunity, or Lifetime Learning Credit).

The IRS requires the University to issue form 1098-T to each eligible student by January 31st. Forms are available electronically or by mail.

Students who did not grant consent to receive the form 1098-T electronically by December 31st will have a paper statement mailed to their home address.

The IRS requires institutions to report qualified tuition and related expenses on a calendar year basis. The 2021 1098-T includes the period from 01/01/2021 – 12/31/2021. Reporting activity on a calendar year basis can create a timing difference with Spring semester activity being posted in different calendar years.

Please remember, the 1098-T is not necessarily a "plug-and-play" document like a W-2 or 1099 but is rather an informational return required to claim the credit and it is up to the taxpayer to claim the correct amount based on individual circumstances. It is important that your tax professional understands the details in each box on the 1098-T.

For questions, please email studentaccounts@msstate.edu.

How Can I Access My Form 1098-T?

Students who are eligible to receive the form 1098-T may obtain an electronic copy of the statement by visiting the Heartland ECSI website. To access your statement online, the following information is needed:

  • School Name - Mississippi State University
  • First and Last Name
  • Social Security Number
  • Zip Code that Appears on the 1098-T form

Students may also access historical account details and a representation of their 1098-T form by following the steps below:

  • Log into the myState portal
  • Choose Banner
  • Select myBanner for students
  • 1098-T details and historical account details are located in the "Tax Information" column

You may not receive a 1098-T for the following reasons:

  • The student was/is an international student
  • The student was enrolled for less than 6 hours in each term of the reporting year.
  • The student’s address information is not current and thus the form was returned to Heartland ECSI as undeliverable/unable to forward.

Explanation of 1098-T Form

Due to federally mandated tax reporting requirements effective for calendar year 2018, Mississippi State University will now report all payments for qualified tuition and related expenses in Box 1. Please note this is different from prior years where only “billed” information for qualified tuition and related expenses was reported in Box 2. To assist with this reporting change, Mississippi State has provided students their entire transaction history for supplemental information. Students can access this information by logging into their myState portal, accessing Banner, and choosing “Historical Account Detail” under the column labeled Tax Information.

Box 1 – The total payments from any source received by an eligible educational institution in 2021 for qualified tuition and related expenses less any reimbursements or refunds made during 2021 that relate to payments received during 2021. Please note the amount in Box 1 will NOT equal to or sum to the charges paid for calendar year 2021 because all charges are not considered qualified tuition and related expenses as defined by the Internal Revenue Service.
Note: If you registered and paid for Spring 2021 classes in 2020, those payments will not be included on the 2021 1098-T. Also, if you register and pay for Spring 2022 classes in 2021, those payments will be included on the 2021 1098-T.

Box 2 – This block will be blank.

Box 3 – Shows whether Mississippi State University changed its method of reporting for 2021. This box will not be checked.

Box 4 - The amount of any adjustments made for a prior year for qualified tuition and related expenses that were reported on a prior year Form 1098-T. This amount may reduce any allowable education credit you may claim for the prior year. See Form 8863 or the IRS Pub 970 for more information.

Box 5 – Includes the total of all scholarships, grants, exemptions, and fee waivers administered and processed by the University. Spring 2022 scholarships or grants received in 2021 will appear in Box 5.

Box 6 – The amount of any adjustments made for prior year scholarships, grants, exemptions, and fee waivers that were reported on a prior year Form 1098-T. This amount may reduce any allowable education credit you may claim for the prior year. See Form 8863 or the IRS Pub 970 for more information.

Box 7 - Will be checked if the amount in Box 1 includes amounts for an academic period beginning January – March 2022. See the IRS Pub 970 for how to report these amounts.

Box 8 – Indicates whether you are considered to be carrying at least one-half the normal full-time workload for your course of study at Mississippi State University. If you are at least a half-time student for at least one academic period that begins during the tax or calendar year, you meet the requirements for the Hope Credit. You do not have to meet the workload requirement to qualify for the tuition and fees deduction or the Lifetime Learning Credit.

Box 9 – Indicates whether you are considered to be enrolled in a program leading to a graduate degree, graduate-level certificate, or other recognized graduate-level educational credential. If you are enrolled in a graduate program, you are not eligible for the Hope Credit, but you may qualify for the tuition and fees deduction or the Lifetime Learning Credit.

Box 10 – This box will always be blank on 1098-T form the student receives from Mississippi State University.

PLEASE NOTE: Mississippi State University does not provide tax or legal advice. The decision as to whether or not you qualify for an educational tax credit should be determined in consultation with your personal tax advisor or the Internal Revenue Service. Your personal records in conjunction with the form 1098T may be necessary for determining an education tax credit or deduction.


Contact Information

Mississippi State University
PO Box 5328
158 Garner Hall
88 Garner Circle, Barr Avenue
Mississippi State, MS 39762

Mailstop: 9701
Phone: 662-325-2071
Fax: 662-325-8236
Email:
studentaccounts@msstate.edu
refunds@msstate.edu