EFC January 2019
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New Student and Family Programs
248 DiGiorgio Campus Center
Winthrop University
Rock Hill, SC 29733, USA
803/323-2387
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EFC January 2019

Eagle Family Connection

January 2019

Hello Parents and Family Members!

As we continue our journey together throughout the 2018-19 school year, we are excited to provide you with information that will assist your student moving forward. Student Financial Services has provided essential information in regards to state and federal taxes. In addition, DSU’s article is an outlook for the semester with multifarious events and student activities open to families and friends. DSU welcomes having you on campus to enjoy these events with your student.

We are looking forward to another great semester with many exciting events and activities! Encourage your student to take advantage of all the opportunities Winthrop has to offer and to bookmark the University Events Calendar. This is a great way to keep up with university events, and it lists approved cultural events as well, which your student needs to attend to graduate.

Please encourage your student to start the spring semester on the right foot by going to class and keeping up with assignments. The Academic Success Center is a great resource for classes your student is struggling in.

As always, the Office of New Student and Family Programs is here to keep you connected and informed. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.

The Office of New Student and Family Programs
248 DiGiorgio Campus Center
803/323-2387

 

Student Financial Services

Every year the IRS requires Winthrop University to report, both to the student and the IRS, certain summary financial information for students who meet IRS reporting criteria, via a 1098-T form. However, for 2018, Winthrop is required to change its reporting method on the 1098-T form and we wanted to give you, as a parent, a heads-up on the change so that you are prepared as we approach tax season. Please remember, Winthrop University is unable to provide you with individual tax advice, but should you have questions, you should seek the counsel of an informed tax preparer or adviser.

Below is the information that was provided to all students.

Revised Reporting Requirement

In previous years, your 1098-T included a figure in Box 2 that represented the Qualified Tuition and Related Expenses (QTRE) we billed to your student account for the calendar (tax) year. Due to a change to institutional reporting requirements under federal law, beginning with tax year 2018, we will report in Box 1 the amount of QTRE you paid during the year.

Claiming Educational Credits on Your Individual Tax Return

Depending on your income (or your family’s income, if you are a dependent), whether you were considered full or half-time enrolled, and the amount of your qualified educational expenses for the year, you may be eligible for a federal education tax credit. (You can find detailed information about claiming education tax credits in IRS Publication 970, page 9).

The dollar amounts reported on your Form 1098-T may assist you in completing IRS Form 8863 – the form used for calculating the education tax credits that a taxpayer may claim as part of your tax return.  You should use the information on the Form 1098-T in conjunction with your own payment records to complete your individual tax return. If you have questions about how to compute an education tax credit, consult your tax professional or refer to the IRS Publication 970.

The Student Financial Services office has more information about this change, including a robust Frequently Asked Questions page to help answer many common questions that students and parents may have regarding this change.

  

 

DSU

Greetings and Happy New Year!  We hope that your holiday season was restful and enjoyable.  As we jump into the spring semester, DSU is ready to provide an array of different events, programs and activities to keep students engaged and involved.  This semester we are hosting some incredible events such as Latin Dance Night, the hip hop group Free Daps, a Petting Zoo, WUchella and many more!!  These are just a sample of the events that we are providing to give students a variety of options. 

We also are showing several movies as part of our EagleFlicks movie series.  These films include “Christopher Robin,” “Venom,” and “Crazy Rich Asians” to name a few.  We encourage students and families to attend and participate in as many events as possible.  We would love to have you.  DSU events are $5 for students, $7 for public and FREE with a DSU All-Access pass.  Passes are $10 and can be purchased in DiGiorgio 212 or online via our U-store.  Visit DSU for details!

 

Parent Portal

The Parent Portal allows Winthrop students the ability to grant access to their information to parents, guardians, or another third party. Depending upon the level of access granted by the student, authorized users may view addresses, grades, unofficial transcripts, class schedules, and emergency contacts.

Only students can grant access or remove access at any time. This does NOT take the place of your signed Permission to Release Records form. That form is still needed to allow parents/guardians to talk with instructors or to obtain copies of academic records.

More information and instructions on how to set up a proxy are available online. There is also a quick-link to this page through the Office of Records and Registration website.

 

The Inn at Winthrop

For your lodging needs please contact the Inn at Winthrop located in the heart of campus in Joynes Hall. The Inn at Winthrop features 12 elegantly-appointed suites and is certified by the South Carolina Green Hospitality Alliance as a Two Palmetto facility for green practices that protect and preserve the environment.

Contact Amanda James for more information.

 

Important Dates
 

Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday (no classes) January 15
Course Withdrawal Deadline
for Full-Semester Classes
March 6

 

Last Updated: 8/5/19