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Can I request a 1098-T form for my study abroad program?

Can I request a 1098-T form for my study abroad program? – 1098-T Form (Definition)

The 1098-T form reports information on what you were billed in tuition expenses at a U.S. college or university. All U.S. colleges and universities are required by the Internal Revenue Service to provide you with this information.


GlobalEd is a study abroad provider that works with U.S. colleges and universities to provide study, language and internship opportunities over summer and semester terms. As with most study abroad providers, GlobalEd is NOT a degree granting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, and therefore is not eligible to issue 1098-T forms.

…a program fee represents a wide range of services provided (airport pickup, orientation, housing, meals, medical insurance, activities, cultural guides, excursions, internship placements, onsite staff, etc…), of which tuition is a small portion.

If the student pays GlobalEd directly, there is no guarantee that he/she will be able to use the Educational Costs of the program to file for the Education Tax Credits, since GlobalEd’s program fees are not considered by the IRS to be eligible tuition costs. Keep in mind that the tuition portion of the program fee goes to pay tuition costs of non-U.S. educational institutions.

That being said, if the student’s home university bills the student directly for the cost of the study abroad/internship program, then the tuition portion of the study abroad program may be included in the 1098-T form issued by the student’s home university.  But this depends on each university’s policy. It’s important to note that a program fee represents a wide range of services provided (airport pickup, orientation, housing, meals, medical insurance, activities, cultural guides, excursions, internship placements, onsite staff, etc…), of which tuition is a small portion.

In either case, if the student or parent wishes to consult with their Tax Advisor to see whether the statement can be considered tuition contending that the student’s home university is ultimately awarding credit for the program GlobalEd is more than happy to provide an account summary.

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