1098-T Information

Dear Credit Student:

In previous years, your 1098-T included a figure in Box 2 that represented the qualified tuition and related expenses (QTRE) we billed to your student account for the calendar (tax) year. Due to a change to institutional reporting requirements under federal law, beginning with tax year 2018, we will report in Box 1 the amount of QTRE you paid during the year.

Depending on your income (or your family’s income, if you are a dependent), whether you were considered full or half-time enrolled, and the amount of your qualified educational expenses for the year, you may be eligible for a federal education tax credit. (You can find detailed information about claiming education tax credits in IRS Publication 970, page 9.)

The dollar amounts reported on your Form 1098-T may assist you in completing IRS Form 8863 – the form used for calculating the education tax credits that a taxpayer may claim as part of your tax return.

Harford Community College is unable to provide you with individual tax advice, but should you have questions, you should seek the counsel of an informed tax preparer or adviser.

For more information about Form 1098-T, visit https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f1098t_18.pdf

How To Obtain A Copy Of Your 1098-T

Harford Community College has once again partnered with General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT), also known as Vangent, to enable you to access your 2018 1098-T Form electronically through a secure website. The 1098-T's are used to determine your eligibility for claiming Education Tax Credits on your Federal Income Tax returns.

If you are retrieving your 1098-T electronically for the first time:

  • Launch a web browser and go to http://tra.vangent.com (note: Internet Explorer 9 users may need to use "Compatibility View")
  • Click the 'First Time Students' button
  • Enter your full first and last names along with the last 5 digits of your social security number
  • Click 'Submit'

If records are present for you, you will be instructed to create an account (Follow the instructions on the website to create a free account and retrieve your 1098-T). NOTE: If records are not found or you have difficulty creating an account, use the 'Help' link in the left menu.

If you retrieved your 1098-T electronically last year and have already established an account:

  • Log into the Vangent system with the User ID and Password that you previously established. NOTE: If you do not remember your User ID or Password, click on the 'Student Help' link in the left menu.

Please note that the electronic copy of this form is being made available in late January, which is earlier than the availability of the paper copy. Paper 1098-T's will not be mailed until January 31, 2019.

If you have questions, please contact TRA Customer Service at 1-800-223-0043 or HCC 1098-T contact line at 443-412-2473.