So here's the deal: I've got my W2s from my employer (a university). According to the w2's, my income was only a little over 5000 bucks last year, money I made TAing and working hourly in a lab. However, last summer I also received 5000 dollars to do Lupus research. It was a "Student Fellowship research grant." So far, I haven't received a 1099 or anything else tax-related for this grant money. I called the foundation who gave me the grant, and they told me they considered 4500 dollars a direct fund transfer to my University, and only the final 500 dollars I received for my final report as coming from them. Since 500 dollars is below the "cut off", I will not be receiving a 1099 or anything else from them. So I called the University, and they seem to have no idea what I'm talking about--it's like they have no record of me getting this money! I asked some graduate students about this whole thing, and they told my not to worry about it, to just file my taxes and fill out my FASFA with just the W2s. They also said that institutions only have until the end of January to send out tax forms anyway. Is this true? The thing is, nobody took out taxes from this $5000 grant. I've never gotten a grant before, so do you guys know, do I need to pay taxes on this money or not? I need to file my taxes and fill out the FASFA ASAP for Med School next fall. What should I do?