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American Opportunity Credit

Beginning in 1998, and revised in 2010, taxpayers may be eligible to claim a American Opportunity Credit or Lifetime Learning Credit against their federal income taxes.

To decide if you qualify for one of these credits please see IRS Publication 970 and Form 8863 for instructions, and/or contact your personal tax advisor.

For additional information about IRS Publication 970, go to

IRS Forms and Publications are also available at your local IRS office or by calling

Common questions:


Why did I receive a 1098-T Form for courses taken for credit at the University of South Alabama?


All students enrolled in credit courses at the University of South Alabama from January 1, through December 31, 2013, received a 1098-T Form as required by the IRS.

Q. Do I qualify for the tax credit?

The University of South Alabama cannot determine if you, and/or your family are eligible for an education tax credit. You should refer to the IRS Publication 970 and/or your personal tax advisor.

Q. Do my parents qualify for the tax credit?

Only you or your family can decide if they qualify for an education tax credit. Please refer to IRS Publication 970 and/or contact your personal tax advisor.


What should I do if I have not received a Form 1098-T from the University by February 15? (View 1098-T Tax Info)


Please go to http://paws.southalabama.edu
Enter Secure Area
Student Services & Financial Aid
Student Records
Tax Notification.

Q. Why did the 1098-T Form only include qualified charges, scholarship and grants?

These are the required 1098-T reporting requirements as determined by the IRS.


University of South Alabama - Office of Student Accounting
  390 ALUMNI CIRCLE RM 1300,  Mobile, AL, 36688
Phone : (251) 460-6195       FAX: (251) 460-7120
Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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