The Community College of Allegheny County provides a supportive and transformative learning environment that prepares graduates to meet critical needs in the region’s workforce.
At CCAC, we believe that life outside the classroom is an important part of your college experience. Each CCAC campus has a variety of activities to enhance your lifestyle – including athletics, cultural events and personal development seminars.
The CCAC Educational
Foundation is the fundraising and benefactor arm of the college. It seeks to
create vital connections between the college and the wider community
to ensure the ongoing viability of the college.
Important Tax Information The Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997 (TRA-97) introduced several educational tax incentives in an effort to make college more affordable. The American Opportunity Credit and Lifetime Learning Credit provide a potential opportunity to take a tax credit for qualifying educational expenses. TRA-97 also provides a deduction for the interest paid on qualifying student loans. As part of TRA-97 and in accordance with Internal Revenue Code, the college is required to furnish you with IRS Form 1098-T (tuition statement) reporting qualified tuition and certain financial aid information. Regulations require that 1098T forms are issued to students by January 31 of each calendar year.
**IMPORTANT NOTICE**Due to a change to institutional reporting requirements under
federal law, beginning with tax year 2018, CCAC will now report in
Box 1 the amount of qualified tuition and related expenses (QTRE)
paid during the calendar year. Prior to 2018,
CCAC reported qualified tuition and related expenses
billed to a student account. Students requiring
detailed payment information can obtain an itemized student account
statement through the Online Student Account
It is important to note that the Community College of Allegheny County cannot provide tax advice. If you have questions regarding educational tax incentives or your eligibility, you should consult with a qualified tax professional or contact the IRS Taxpayer Assistance line at 1-800-829-1040. The IRS website also has many documents regarding TRA-97. For your convenience we have provided links to these additional resources. Additional Resources Below are several resources that provide additional information concerning the Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997 (TRA-97) and related educational tax incentives. These documents and websites are not maintained by CCAC and we cannot be responsible for their content. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Websitehttp://www.irs.gov/ IRS Publication 970: Tax Benefits for Higher Educationhttp://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p970.pdf IRS Publication 970: Chapter 2 – American Opportunity Credithttp://www.irs.gov/publications/p970/ch02.html IRS Publication 970: Chapter 3 – Lifetime Learning Credithttp://www.irs.gov/publications/p970/ch03.html Tax Information for Studentshttp://www.irs.gov/Individuals/Students Tax Incentives for Higher Educationhttp://www.irs.gov/Individuals/Tax-Incentives-for-Higher-Education- Instructions for IRS Forms 1098-E and 1098-Thttp://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/i1098et.pdf IRS Form 8863: Education Credits with Instructionshttp://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f8863.pdf IRS Form W-9S: Request for Student’s or Borrower’s Taxpayer Identification Number and Certificationhttp://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/fw9s.pdf 1098-T FAQ’s What is Form 1098-T?A 1098-T is a Federal IRS form that is furnished for tax purposes. An eligible educational institution, such as CCAC, must furnish this statement to you based on your enrollment during the prior calendar year. 1098-T forms are provided to students by January 31st each year. You, or the person who can claim you as a dependent, may be able to claim an education credit on Form 1040 or 1040A, only for the qualified tuition and related expenses that were actually paid in 2014. To see if you qualify for the credit, see Pub. 970, Tax Benefits for Education; Form 8863, Education Credits; and the Form 1040 or 1040A instructions. CCAC cannot offer tax advice or assist in determining eligibility. For assistance you should consult with a qualified tax professional or contact the IRS Taxpayer Assistance line at 1.800.829.1040. Why did I receive Form 1098-T?CCAC is required to provide this form so that you can use it to determine if you are eligible and what dollar amount you can claim for the American Opportunity Credit or Lifetime Learning tax Credit. In the future, can I receive Form 1098-T electronically?1098-T forms are made available online to all students through CCAC Online Student Account Center. You can print additional copies of your 1098-T at any time. If you prefer to no longer receive a paper 1098-T form, you must provide CCAC with consent to receive your form electronically. Once you provide consent to receive your 1098-T electronically, you will no longer receive a paper form. What is Form 1098-T used for?The information on the 1098-T form is provided to assist each Student/Taxpayer in preparing the IRS Form 8863, which is used when claiming the American Opportunity Credit or Lifetime Learning Credit. Do I have to use Form 1098-T?If you are not paying taxes, or your income is too high to qualify for a tax incentive, you may not need to do anything with your tax form. You should consult with a qualified tax professional or contact the IRS for assistance with determining eligibility for educational tax incentives.
What if the SSN on my tax form is
incorrect? To correct your Social Security Number (SSN) on your tax form,
you must fill out IRS Form W-9S and submit it to the CCAC Student
Can I obtain another copy of Form 1098-T? Yes, you may access and print a copy of your 1098-T online at any time via the Online Student Account Center. Older forms prior to 2016 are accessible on CCAC Central Self Service. Both the Online Student Account Center and CCAC Central Self Service are accessible via the MyCCAC student portal.
I did not receive a statement of account with my 1098-T
form. Do I need a statement of my student
account? No, a statement of account is not required in order to determine
your eligibility for a tax incentive. The only information
you need is the information reported on your 1098-T form. If
you would like a statement of account, this is available online
through CCAC Central e-Services.
Who can I call if I need tax advice or have questions
regarding educational tax incentives? Should you have any questions about your 1098-T and your
eligibility for educational tax incentives, you should consult with
a qualified tax professional or contact the IRS Taxpayer Assistance
line at 1-800.829.1040. The IRS website also has many
resources available. CCAC cannot offer tax advice or assist
in determining eligibility.
Who can I call if I have questions regarding my student
tuition account? Should you have questions regarding your student account, call
412.237.3121 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday
through Friday. You can also visit your campus Student
Accounts office for assistance.