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Form 1098-T FAQs

What is a Form 1098-T?

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requires Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA) to issue Form 1098-T, Tuition Statement, to some students. Form 1098-T reports qualified education expenses billed during the calendar year to students who were enrolled at SFA any time during the applicable calendar year. Grants or scholarships processed by SFA are also reported on the form. The 1098-T (along with the 1098-T Detail) provides tax information necessary to determine eligibility for tax credits or deductions for which you may qualify.

To insure the information SFA reports to you and the IRS is correct, please verify your name, social security number and address as they will appear on Form 1098-T:

To verify your address:

Next, to verify your name and social security number:

If any corrections or revisions are needed, make the appropriate selection and follow the instructions on how to make changes.

How can I receive my Form 1098-T by mail, rather than electronically?

By registering for classes online, you automatically consent to receive your 1098-T online.

You may withdraw your consent to receive your 1098-T electronically at any time by contacting the SFA Business Office.

When will the Form 1098-T be available?

Students who consent to receive Form 1098-T electronically:

By registering for classes online, students consent to receive their 1098-T online. These students will receive an email at their SFA Jacks email address in mid-January notifying them that their 1098-T has been loaded into mySFA. The email will contain instructions for online viewing and retrieval. Students will not receive their 1098-T via mail unless they withdraw their consent to receive it electronically (contact the SFA Business Office to withdraw consent).

Students who withdrew their consent to receive Form 1098-T electronically:

A paper copy of IRS Form 1098-T will be mailed to these people before January 31.

How long will the 1098-T be available for online viewing?

Current and former students can access the current year, plus the previous year's forms.

How do I view and print my 1098-T?

The Form 1098-T will be accessible through mySFA. To access it:

1098-T tax forms will be available in mid-January for the prior tax year. Once the form is available in mid-January, an email notification will be sent to your SFA Jacks email account.

How do I view and print my 1098-T for previous years?

The current year, plus one previous year's forms are available to view and print through mySFA.  Follow the instructions under "How do I view and print my 1098-T?," above.

How do I request a duplicate 1098-T?

A duplicate 1098-T may be requested by completing the 1098-T Duplicate Request Form and following the instructions on the form.

Can parents/guardians have online access to my 1098-T?

No, only students have access through mySFA.

How can I withdraw my consent to receive my 1098-T electronically?

You may withdraw your consent and receive a paper Form 1098-T by providing written notification to the SFA Business Office via email at, or by mail at Box 13053, Nacogdoches, TX 75962, or in person at the Business Office, Room 204 of the Austin Building, during normal working hours. 

Why are the amounts on my 1098-T different than the amounts I paid?

This is a common misunderstanding each year. For 1098-T purposes, SFA reports qualified transactions in the calendar year when amounts were billed and not when amounts were paid, received, or posted. Generally, you can deduct the amounts paid during the tax year, so the amounts reported on the 1098-T may not equal the amounts you are reporting for tax purposes.

Amounts of qualified tuition and fees reported on the 1098-T are defined by the IRS. The IRS does not consider fees such as recreational sports fee or room and board as qualified tuition and fees. Therefore, they are excluded from amounts reported on the 1098-T.

I have more questions. How can I get them answered?

Help from SFA:

Please contact the SFA Business Office:
Phone: (936)468-6960
Mail: Box 13053, Nacogdoches, TX 75962
In person: Room 204, Austin Building

SFA Business Office hours are Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Help from the IRS and your tax advisor:

To see if you qualify for tax credits or deductions, and for help in calculating the amounts, see IRS Pub. 970, Tax Benefits for Education; Form 8863, Education Credits; and Form 1040 or 1040A, U.S. Individual Income Tax Return, instructions.  Also refer to your own records or contact your tax advisor. The University does not provide tax advice.

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