An eligible educational institution is any college, university, vocational school, or other post-secondary educational institution eligible to participate in a student aid program administered by the Department of Education. It includes virtually all accredited public, nonprofit, and proprietary (privately owned profit-making) post-secondary institutions.
The IRS states that you can double-check if your educational institution qualifies by addressing the following below.
- Did you receive a Form 1098-T (Tuition Statement)? Eligible educational institutions are required to issue students Form 1098-T (exceptions apply)
- Contact your school to ask if it’s an eligible educational institution, or
- See if your school is on the U.S. Department of Education’s Database of Accredited Post Secondary Institutions and Programs (DAPIP) or the Federal Student Loan Program list.