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Income Tax Credits

If you are taking classes for college c​redit, you may be able to reduce your federal income tax, thanks to the Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997 (TRA).

American Opportunity Credit and Lifetime Learning Credit

The TRA created two education tax incentives:

  • American Opportunity Credit — This credit is for students who are enrolled at least half-time in one of the first two years of post-secondary education. You must be pursuing an undergraduate degree, certificate or other recognized credential.
  • Lifetime Learning Credit — This credit is available to some students who may not qualify for the American Opportunity Credit.

For more information about these tax incentives:

  • Call the Internal Revenue Service at 800-TAX-1040 (800-829-1040).
  • Visit the IRS website.

Getting Your 1098-T Form

Dallas County Community College District annually provides the 1098-T form to students who enrolled in credit classes during the tax year as prescribed by IRS regulations. The 1098-T shows the amount of tuition paid for credit classes by you or by financial aid you received during the tax year, as well as the amount of financial aid you received during the tax year. Your 1098-T form will be available by Jan. 31 each year.

Change effective with the 2013 1098-T form: If the total amount of the financial aid, grants, sponsorships, waivers and/or exemptions you received during the year for credit enrollment exceeded your credit tuition cost, you will not be issued a 2016 Form 1098-T. Visit the IRS website for more information about when a Form 1098-T is not required to be issued.

There are three ways you can get your 1098-T form:

  1. By mail
    For the 2016 tax year, eligible students who do not print out their form from the ECSI website will receive a copy of their 1098-T form in the mail.
  2. Online
    All eligible students can access their 1098-T online through our service provider, ECSI.
    To view your 1098-T form online, you must have a personal identification number (PIN). There are three ways to get your PIN:
    • If you get a 1098-T form in the mail, the PIN and website information is included there. -or-
    • Log on to the ECSI website. Click on “Need help logging in?” in the “Log In to Access Your Account” box, then fill in and submit the form. -or-
    • Contact ECSI customer service, toll free, at 866-428-1098.
      When you contact ECSI, you will be asked for your Social Security number and DCCCD’s school code. Our school code is “UG.”
      Visit the ECSI website for more information.
  3. By request
    If you can’t get your 1098-T form online through ECSI, you may contact us to ask for one. (In your request, you must provide your name as it appears in our records, your student ID number and a phone number where you can be reached.)
    • Send an email to
    • Call our 1098-T number: 972-860-7482. This is a voicemail-only line that will be checked daily.

    Important: The deadline to request a 1098-T  or to request changes is March 10, 2017.

For More Information

See 1098-T Forms: Frequently Asked Questions for answers to some of the common questions students have.