1098-T Frequently Asked Questions


When will I receive my 1098-T?

1098-T forms are mailed to home mailing addresses at the end of January each year. You can obtain an electronic copy of your 1098-T beginning in mid-January.


How do I obtain an electronic copy of my 1098-T?

To retrieve your 1098-T form electronically:

  • Launch a web browser and go to http://tra.vangent.com (Internet Explorer 9 users may need to use Compatibility View)
  • Click the Login or First Time Students button.
  • Enter the last 5 digit of your social security number AND your full first and last name, then click the Next button.
  • If records are present for you, you will be instructed to create an account, if you have not already done so. Follow the instructions on the website to create a free account and retrieve your 1098-T. When you are prompted to enter an email address to receive your PIN, please be sure to use an address you check frequently.
  • Your 1098-T will not be mailed to you if you choose to receive it electronically. However, you may return to the website as often as necessary to print additional copies

I’m a Bates graduate, but I didn’t receive a 1098-T for my final semester — why?

Because Bates charges tuition for the winter semester in November of the prior year, you are not eligible to receive a 1098-T.


Why didn’t I receive a 1098-T?

Students who receive scholarship and grant aid in excess of qualified charges billed are not eligible to receive a 1098-T.


I made tuition payments in 2015 – why is there no amount in Box 1?

Bates, like many colleges and universities, reports the amount of qualified charges billed in a calendar year, not payments received. These charges are shown in Box 2.


Does my Study Abroad program provide a 1098-T for the tuition they charge?

You will need to check with the study abroad provider about whether they provide a 1098-T for your program. If the program does not provide a 1098-T, you will have a copy of the invoice that shows charges and amounts paid.


My 1098-T form doesn’t have a Social Security number — why?

Bates did not have a social security number on file.