TAXPAYER RELIEF ACT OF 1997 (TRA'97)

The Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997 offers two tax credits that may be of benefit to students at Texas A&M University; the Hope Scholarship and Lifetime Learning Credit. Any taxpayer, taxpayer's spouse, or taxpayer's dependent who is enrolled in an eligible educational institution paying qualified tuition and fees may qualify.

Please Note: This information should not be considered as an official document. For additional information, please refer to the list of official documents at the end of this web page. Texas A&M University does not give tax advice. If you are seeking tax advice, please contact a professional tax consultant or the Internal Revenue Service at (800) 829-1040. FERPA mandates that Texas A&M University may only provide account information to the student account holder.

Form 1098T

Texas A&M University will provide its students with fee and payment information necessary to take advantage of TRA-97 and the tax credits it provides. However, University staff may not address questions pertaining to a student's or parent's specific tax situation.

Form 1098T and fee information, including a schedule of fees paid, will be sent in late January to the permanent address that the student has provided to the University. Students can see and change this address using My Finances.

1098 Credit Information  
Hope Scholarship Credit (Educational Credit) Lifetime Learning Credit (Educational Credit) Student Loan Interest Deduction
Reported on IRS Form 1098-T (No dollar amounts required for reporting on form in 1999). Reported on IRS Form 1098-T (No dollars amounts required for reporting on form in 1999). Reported on IRS Form 1098-E (If interest payments made for $600 or more during 1999).
Taxpayers may be able to claim payments made during 1999 for qualified tuition & fees of up to $1,500 per eligible student. Taxpayers may be able to claim payments made during 1999 for qualified tuition & fees of up to $1,000 per family. Taxpayers may be able to claim interest payments made and applied to a qualified student loan during 1999 up to $1,500.
Students that have not completed the first two years of postsecondary education may qualify. This credit is not limited to students in the first two years of postsecondary education. A qualified loan must have been issued for qualified higher educational expenses furnished during a period when the recipient was an eligible student at an eligible educational institution.
Students must be enrolled in a program leading to a degree, certificate, or other recognized educational credential. Eligible students may be able to claim this credit regardless of the number of courses taken at an eligible educational institution. This includes graduate-level degree work. The loan must have been issued when the student was enrolled in a degree, certificate, or other recognized educational credential in order to be qualified.
Students must be enrolled at least one-half of the normal full-time workload in their course of study during one academic period during 1999. This credit can be claimed for an unlimited number of years for eligible students per family. The loan must have been issued when the student was enrolled at least one-half of the normal full-time workload in their course of study in order to be qualified.
Students must be free of any felony conviction for possessing or distributing a controlled substance. Single taxpayers benefits phase out between $40,000 and $50,000. Married taxpayers benefits phase out between $80,000 and $100,000. Interest can only be claimed for payments made within the first 60 months that payments are required.
Students must be free of any felony conviction for possessing or distributing a controlled substance. Single taxpayers benefits phase out between $40,000 and $50,000. Married taxpayers benefits phase out between $80,000 and $100,000. Interest can only be claimed for payments made within the first 60 months that payments are required.
This tax credit can only be claimed for two tax years per eligible student. Married taxpayers wanting to claim this tax credit must file jointly. Married taxpayers filing a separate return do not qualify.
Single taxpayers benefits phase out between $40,000 and $50,000. Married taxpayers benefits phase out between $80,000 and $100,000. The Lifetime Learning credit is calculated by taking 20% of the first $5,000 paid and applied to a student or students qualified tuition and related expenses. Tax-free funds may not be used in this calculation. If someone claims you as a dependent this deduction cannot be taken.
Married taxpayers wanting to claim this tax credit must file jointly. IRS Form 8863 must be used to claim this credit and then attached to IRS Form 1040 or 1040A. Single taxpayers benefits phase out between $40,000 and $55,000. Married taxpayers benefits phase out between $60,000 & $75,000.
The Hope credit is calculated by taking 100% of the first $1,000 plus 50% of the next $1,000 for payments applied toward a students qualified tuition and related expenses. Tax-free funds may not be used in this calculation. ** See Resources Below This deduction can be claimed when filing one of these IRS forms: Form 1040, 1040A, 1040NR and 1040NREZ.
IRS Form 8863 must be used to claim this credit and then attached to IRS Form 1040 or 1040A. ** See Resources Below  ** See Resources Below
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Tax Credit

Tax credits can only be claimed for specific types of charges that you paid. The Hope Scholarship Credit can only be claimed for two tax years per eligible student.

There is no limit to the number of years that a Lifetime Learning Credit can be claimed for eligible students. Please refer to the table below for more information or contact your tax advisor or the Internal Revenue Service for advice on what you are entitled to claim.

Student Loan Interest Deductions

If you have paid over $600 to Texas A&M University in interest on your covered student loan/loans during the tax year, you will receive a Form 1098-E (Student Loan Interest Statement). A 1098-E supplement statement will be sent to those individuals who have paid any amount of interest on a qualified student loan. The Student Loan Interest Deduction is a deduction available for interest payments made toward a covered student loan during the first 60 months of repayment.

If you are an eligible student who has paid interest on a covered student loan and you meet all other requirements under TRA'97 you can claim a maximum deduction of $1,000 for 1998.

Additional Information

IRS Notices

  • 97-60 (Education Tax Incentives)
  • 97-73 (Returns Relating to Higher Education Tuition and Related Expenses)
  • 98-7 (Returns Related to Interest on Education Loans)
  • 98-46 (Extension of 1998 Reporting Requirements to Tax Year 1999)
  • 98-59 (Part III - Administrative, Procedural and Miscellaneous)

Internal Revenue Code

  • Section 25A (Hope and Lifetime Learning Credits) Section 6050S (Returns Relating to Higher Education Tuition and Related Expenses)
  • Publication 970 (Tax Benefits for Higher Education)

IRS Forms

  • Form 1098-T (Tuition Payments Statement)
  • Form 8863 Education Credits (Hope and Lifetime Learning Credits)
  • Form 1098-E (Student Loan Interest Statement)

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