A variety of tax incentives exist for families who are saving for, or are already paying for college, or who are repaying student loans. Visit the IRS Tax Benefits for Education Information Center for more information.

NEW! What We Report on the 1098-T Has Changed

Due to a change in federal regulations, we will now report amounts paid (Box 1) instead of amounts billed (Box 2) beginning with the 2018 tax year. Visit the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) website and/or consult a tax advisor for more information about this change and how it may affect you. It is the taxpayer’s responsibility to determine the amount of qualified tuition and fees paid and to determine whether they are eligible for any tax credits.

To help the student and the IRS determine if the student qualifies for these tax credits, we are required to indicate whether the student was enrolled at least half time for one semester during the calendar year. The IRS also requires the university to indicate if the student was enrolled exclusively in graduate level courses. If this indicator is marked, it could mean the student is not eligible for the American Opportunity Credit. For more information, see Tax Breaks for Higher Education.

NEW! Parents/Others: How Students Give You Access to the 1098-T Form

Students can now give parents or others who may be eligible to claim the student as a dependent access to download the 1098-T form when it is available online.

Parents who do not have CU Guest Access: For instructions on how students give parents or others CU Guest Access, visit How to Activate CU Guest Access.

Parents who have CU Guest Access: Have your student log in to MyCUInfo, go to Profiles & Settings > Manage Profile and Privacy. Then click CU Guest Access, click Edit and check the box next to View 1098-T. Then click Resend Email Notification and Save.

1098-T forms are online by January 31. For more information about electronic delivery of 1098-T tax forms, see Consent to Conduct Business Electronically.

  1. Students log in to MyCUInfo.
  2. Some students may need to select the Student tab. Then select the Billing Information tab.
  3. Under Other Billing Services, select 1098T Form.
  4. Select the year of the form you want to view and click View. (You may need to allow the pop-up window.)
  5. Select 1098T Transaction Detail to see tax year itemizations:
  • qualified billed tuition and related expenses (box #2)
  • prior year adjustments (box #4)
  • grants and scholarships (box #5)
  • prior year grant adjustments (box #6)
  • non-tuition and fees
  • payments, loans and sponsors

Step-by-Step Instructions to View 1098T

1098-T forms are online by January 31. For more information about electronic delivery of 1098-T tax forms, see Consent to Conduct Business Electronically.

  1. Parents log in to CU Guest Access. (If you do not have CU Guest Access, have your student visit How to Activate CU Guest Access.)
  2. On the left side menu, click on CU View 1098T.
  3. Select the Tax Year of the form you want to view.
  4. Select the Form or 1098T Transaction Detail and click View.
    (Be sure to disable the pop-up blocker.)

Social Security Number/Tax Identification Number Requirement

Students are required by federal law (Section 6109 of the Internal Revenue Code) to provide a Social Security number (SSN) or Taxpayer Identification number (TIN) to the University of Colorado Boulder for tax purposes. If we do not have a U.S. SSN or TIN for you, the Office of the Registrar will send you an email twice a year requesting that you mail, fax or hand-deliver a completed and signed Social Security Number/Taxpayer Identification Number Update Form to the Office of the Registrar.

Do not email SSN/TIN information. Email is not secure.

International Students


1098-T forms are not automatically generated for international students in the United States on a temporary visa. If you need one, you can request a 1098-T in the Bursar's Office.


If you have received a 1042-S form, you do not need to call the Bursar's Office. Instead, see 1042-S Form (Nonresident International Employee Tax Statement) on the Employee Services website.

More Information

See Income Tax Obligations of International Students and Scholars.

The information provided here may or may not reflect recent revisions in IRS regulations. For tax advice regarding your specific situation, contact a tax professional. For additional information, call the IRS at 800-829-1040.