Reporting Student Loan Interest Payments From IRS Form 1098-E on Your 2015 Taxes

Reporting Student Loan Interest Payments From IRS Form 1098-E on Your 2015 Taxes

If you made federal student loan payments in 2015, you may be eligible to deduct a portion of the interest paid on your 2015 federal tax return. Student loan interest payments are reported both to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and to you on IRS Form 1098-E, Student Loan Interest Statement.

Under what circumstances do federal loan servicers report interest payments on IRS Form 1098-E?
How many 2015 1098-Es should I expect to receive?
What help is available if I have questions?


Under what circumstances do federal loan servicers report interest payments on IRS Form 1098-E?

The IRS requires federal loan servicers to report payments on IRS Form 1098-E if the interest received from the borrower in the tax year was $600 or more.

If you paid less than $600 in interest to a federal loan servicer during the tax year and do not receive a 1098-E, you may contact your servicer for the exact amount of interest paid during the year.


How many 2015 1098-Es should I expect to receive?

That depends on how much you paid in interest, how many servicers you had, and some other factors. Read through the scenarios below; one of them will probably apply to you.

  1. Your current servicer was your only servicer in 2015: In this case, your current federal loan servicer will provide you with a copy of your 1098-E if you paid interest of $600 or more in 2015. Your servicer may send your 1098-E electronically or via U.S. mail.
  2. You had multiple servicers in 2015: In this case, each of your federal loan servicers will provide you with a copy of your 1098-E if you paid interest of $600 or more to that individual servicer in 2015. Each servicer may send your 1098-E electronically or via U.S. mail.

What help is available if I have questions?

If you have questions about 2015 1098-Es, contact your current federal loan servicer for assistance. If you’re not sure who your loan servicer is, you can look it up at www.nslds.ed.gov or call the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243; TTY 1-800-730-8913). To see a list of servicers for federally held loans made through the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program and the Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program, go to our Loan Servicers page.

For more information about student loan interest deduction, visit the IRS’s Tax Benefits for Education: Information Center.