Important Tax Information for Students

The Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997 allows a tax credit to be claimed for out-of-pocket payments made to eligible higher education institutions during the tax year for tuition and certain fees. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requires that we provide a 1098-T statement to you for your use in completing IRS Form 8863. 

Online 1098-T Notification - Tax Year 2018

The Bursar's Office will be providing the student with the option to receive their 1098-T forms online through PipelineMT beginning January 28.  If you have not opted out of a paper form, the forms will be mailed by January 31st.

Amounts Reported on the 2018 1098-T

Beginning with tax year 2018, the IRS is requiring all schools to report payments received for qualified tuition and related expenses paid during the calendar year 2018 in Box 1 and will no longer report charges in Box 2. 

The amounts reflected on the 1098-T form in Box 1 are all payments made during the 2018 tax year up to the total amount of qualified tuition and related expenses billed in 2018 tax year. This means that payments made from January 1 through December 31, 2018 for the Spring 2018, Summer 2018, Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 semesters will be included in Box 1 up to the total amount billed for Spring 2018, Summer 2018, Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 semesters.  Please be aware that payments towards dorm, meals, parking tickets, etc. may appear in Box 1 if you have unpaid Spring 2019 tuition and fees billed in December 2018.  This may also result in a lesser amount being reported in Box 1 for the 2019 tax year.  If you were last enrolled at MTSU during the Spring 2018 semester, you may not receive a 2018 1098-T if your Spring 2018 charges were reported on your 2017 1098-T. 

You may view your charges, grants, scholarships and payments through your PipelineMT account (see instructions below) to help assist in calculating payments towards tuition and fees in the tax year.  When calculating your payments, you may not include grants, scholarships, discounts, waivers, GI Bill or assistance provided by an employer.  For more information, please refer to http://www.mtsu.edu/tuition/1098-T.php, IRS Publication 970, and Form 8863.

Online "Opt-in" 1098-T Process

In an effort to be more environmentally conscious, the Bursar's Office is now providing students with the option to receive their 1098-T tax form online via PipelineMT instead of by postal mail. This initiative is an effort undertaken by the Bursar's Office to reduce the amount of paper and other materials used in furnishing over 25,000 1098-T forms per year. MTSU is required by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to provide these forms each tax year. 

If you wish to opt-out of receiving a paper copy through the mail, please follow the instructions below.

  • Go to www.mtsu.edu
  • Log into PipelineMT
  • Select “Billing & Payment"
  • Select "Pay Registration, Balance or Installment"
  • Click on “Continue” to continue to our billing system
  • You should be prompted to opt in to receive only the online copy of your 1098-T.

How can I receive a paper copy of my 1098-T tax form?
Any student who would like to receive a paper copy of their 1098-T tax form from the Bursar's Office should contact a representative via email at bursarmt@mtsu.edu. You can also make the request in person by visiting our office in in the Student Services and Admissions Center, room 290. Our Office hours are 8 am - 4:30 PM Monday through Friday. Keep in mind that a request for a paper copy does not rescind your consent to receive it online through PipelineMT. 

How do I withdraw my consent to receive my 1098-T tax form on PipelineMT?
A student may withdraw their consent to receive their 1098-T tax form online at anytime during the year. All requests should be made in writing by email or postal mail. The contents of the request should include the student's name, M Number, and the reason for withdrawing their consent. Emails should be sent to bursarmt@mtsu.edu. Forms are available in the Bursar's Office for students who want to rescind their consent on site. 

What are the reasons why the Bursar's Office would stop furnishing my 1098-T electronically?
The Bursar's Office will cease to furnish an online 1098-T tax form if a student meets one or both of the criteria list below. Any student who falls into one of these categories will have their 1098-T sent by postal mail.

  • The statements will always be available electronically unless there are no qualified charges, grants and scholarships or prior year adjustments to report.

  • You are a non-resident alien that has not provided MTSU with a valid Social Security Number (SSN) or an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN).

  • You are a non-resident alien that did not pay MTSU out-of-pocket (received a full sponsorship).

What if I do not provide you with a valid Social Security Number (SSN) or an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN)? Failure to provide your correct identifying number could result in a penalty imposed on you from the IRS for each incorrect document (due to missing SSN/ITIN). To provide your identifying number, please complete the MTSU Substitute W-9S form which is located here and return the completed for to:

MTSU Business Office
290 Student Services and Admissions Center
1301 E. Main Street
Murfreesboro, TN  37132

How do I update my personal information that is used on my 1098-T tax form?
Students can update their personal information on PipelineMT under the "Personal Information" tab.  

What are the system requirements to view my 1098-T tax form on PipelineMT?
Any current student or graduate of MTSU can access their online 1098-T tax form through PipelineMT. System requirements are the student's username and password to PipelineMT. PipelineMT can be accessed from any computer connected to the Internet. Various web browsers, including Internet Explorer, Safari, and Firefox, can be used to visit the PipelineMT web page.

The following are considered MTSU's qualified charges: 

  • Tuition - Undergraduate
  • Tuition - Graduate Summer Tuition
  • Out-Of-State Tuition
  • TN eCampus UG Tuition
  • TN eCampus Graduate Tuition
  • TN eCampus Online Course Fee
  • TN eCampus Out-of-State Tuition
  • Program Services Fee
  • ABAS - Materials Fees
  • ABAS Course Fee
  • Aerospace Fee
  • Aerospace Theory of Flight Fee
  • Air Traffice Control :Lab Fee
  • Art Materials Fee
  • Biology - Materials Fee
  • Book Fee
  • Chemistry - Materials Fee
  • College of Business-Course Fee
  • College of Education course Fee
  • Concrete Mgt-Certification Fee
  • Concrete Ind Mgt Materials Fee
  • Distance Education Fee
  • Engineering and Engineering Technology Fee
  • Geosciences Field Trip Fee
  • Geosciences Materials Fee
  • Media and Entertainment Fee
  • Music Fees Private Instruction
  • Nursing Testing Fee
  • Nursing Course Fee

NOTE: Dorm rent, fraternity rent and meal plans are not considered as qualified education expenses.

      According to IRS Publication 970, qualified tuition and related expenses must be adjusted by tax-free educational assistance. This includes:
  • The tax-free part of scholarships and fellowships (including Lottery)
  • Pell grants
  • Employer-provided educational assistance
  • Veterans' educational assistance
  • Any other nontaxable (tax-free) payments (other than gifts or inheritances) received as educational assistance

To view your electronic 1098-T Tax form:

  • Log in to PipelineMT
  • Select “Billing & Payment"
  • Select “1098-T Tax Notification”
  • Enter Tax year then Submit

For a printer friendly version of your electronic 1098-T (must have Adobe Acrobat Reader 8.x or higher to view):

  • Log in to PipelineMT via www.mtsu.edu
  • Select “Billing & Payment"
  • Select "Pay Registration, Balance or Installment"
  • Select Continue. You will be taken to our bill payment system
  • Choose "Accept Consent" or "I Do Not Consent" (if given the option)
  • Under 1098-T Statement, click View, then click View again
  • If you are unable to view the form, you either have pop-up blocker on or you do not have the latest version of Adobe Acrobat.  This also does not work well with Google Chrome or Safari.  If the form appears blank, please try using Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox.  

For information by term with detail and dates of payments, grants and scholarships on your student account:

  1. Log in to PipelineMT via www.mtsu.edu
  2. Select “Billing & Payment"
  3. Select "View My Current Term Balance"
  4. Select the appropriate terms and print the detailed information to determine the qualified tuition and fees actually paid during the tax year.

 We recommend that you refer to this information to assist you in determining the amount of credit which may be claimed on your behalf. This information must not be construed as tax advice. The amounts and calculations used to determine the credit are the decision of the taxpayer after consideration of relevant IRS regulations, Form 8863, and, perhaps, the advice of a tax consultant. For more information about higher education tax credits or the tuition and fees deduction, you may read IRS Publication 970 or instructions for Form 8863.