About IRS Form 1098-T

According to the U.S. Department of Education, “The 1098-T form is the Tuition Statement that your college or career school uses to report qualified tuition and related education expenses to you and the IRS. You or your parent/guardian may be able to claim these expenses as education related tax credits.”

The IRS webpage regarding the 1098-T is: https://www.irs.gov/forms-pubs/about-form-1098-t
The IRS webpage regarding the Lifetime Learning Credit is: https://www.irs.gov/credits-deductions/individuals/llc

Please note that DIU is not able to provide tax advice. For proper use of your 1098-T, please consult a tax professional.


DIU 1098-T Distribution via ECSI

Dallas International University has partnered with Heartland ECSI for the distribution of our student 1098-T tax forms.

The DIU Finance Office requests that students opt in to receive their 1098-T forms electronically. Electronic Consent must be provided before January 1st for ECSI to acknowledge consent effective for the current tax season for the prior tax year.

Students who have not provided e-consent to receive their Form 1098-T electronically will receive their 1098-T form, physically, in the mail. Heartland ECSI will mail the form no later than January 31st to the address on record with the University.

Regardless of whether a student has provided eConsent or not, all students receiving a 1098-T from Dallas International University can access their 1098-T form electronically through their own ECSI user profile.

  • Register and create your ECSI user profile. Instructions for new users are listed on ECSI’s “New to Heartland” web page: ECSI -> FAQ -> New To Heartland (https://heartland.ecsi.net/index.main.html#/access/newToHeartland). Once you are registered with your own user profile, you will then use your unique ‘Heartland key’ (a 17 character alphanumeric number – including hyphen) to connect that user profile with the ECSI Account that already exists and houses your 1098-T documents.
  • If you have already registered a user profile with ECSI, you can sign into your ECSI user profile and account from the ECSI Tax Document FAQ webpage: https://heartland.ecsi.net/index.main.html#/access/FAQtaxDocuments

To register for or sign in to your ECSI user profile, go to: https://heartland.ecsi.net/index.main.html#/access/FAQtaxDocuments.

Once you have accessed your 1098-T, ECSI provides options for viewing and printing, requesting a change, and creating a dispute. ECSI keeps records of 1098-T documents provided in previous years.

Please email Student-Finances@diu.edu with any questions regarding your 1098-T.


Additional Information:

  • Third-Party payments might affect 1098-T preparations. If you anticipate that your invoice will be paid by a third party, please correspond with the Student Accounts Specialist. You can reach the Student Accounts Specialist by email at Student-Finances@diu.edu.
  • The IRS does not consider payments made for audited courses as ‘qualified expenses.’ IRS regulations state that educational institutions “do not have to file Form 1098-T or furnish a statement for courses for which no academic credit is offered, even if the student is otherwise enrolled in a degree program.”
  • Again, DIU cannot provide tax advice. For proper use of your 1098-T, please consult a tax professional.