Tax Credit

The Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997 includes a number of educational tax benefits that may have an impact on students and their families. The act requires the university to report information on students to the Internal Revenue Service. For additional information on the Hope Scholarship Tax Credit and the Lifetime Learning Credit please refer to the IRS Publication 970 Tax Benefits for Education.

Information Returns

As required by law, UC Santa Barbara Division of Professional and Continuing Education will provide the IRS with information on students who have paid fees that qualify for the Lifetime Learning and Hope Scholarship Credits. Students who have consented in their PaCE Student Profile to electronic delivery of their 1098-T Form will receive an email with instructions on how to retrieve their 1098-T Form before February 1. 

  • For detailed information about tax credit reporting service for students provided to the IRS by the Division of Professional and Continuing Education.
    Phone: 1-888-220-2540
  • For more information on the Taxpayer Relief Act (U.S. Dept. of Education)
  • The Internal Revenue Service
    Phone: 1-800-829-1040

Social Security Numbers

Students are prompted for their Social Security number at the time of enrollment to ensure accurate reporting to the IRS. Social Security number disclosure is mandatory to be eligible for the tax credit.

The university is required by federal law to report your SSN and other pertinent information to the Internal Revenue Service pursuant to the reporting requirements imposed by the Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997. The university also will use the SSN you provide to verify your identity. This notification is provided to you as required by the Federal Privacy Act of 1974.

If you find we have recorded an incorrect number, please provide us with written notice of the correct number. If you plan to seek tax deductions for educational expenses, we urge you to save your receipts.

Veteran Information

Veterans and dependents of veterans: UC Santa Barbara Division of Professional and Continuing Education does not certify enrollment for student veteran benefits. The Open University Program is not approved for veteran benefits. For more information about approved enrollment with UCSB, please contact the UCSB Office of the Registrar at (805) 893-8905, or visit

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