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Am I eligible for a tax credit?

Information Services for the Tuition and Fees Deduction and the Education Credits

ASU cannot provide personal tax advice to students as each student's tax situation depends upon his/her own individual circumstances. Each student and/or their parents must determine eligibility for the tuition and fees deduction or one of the education credits (American Opportunity or lifetime learning credit).

For authoritative information, we recommend that you visit the IRS web site at: www.irs.gov/formspubs/

You can contact the IRS for telephone assistance, including requesting forms and publications, at 1-800-829-1040.

At the IRS web site you can review:

  • IRS Publication 970 "Tax Benefits for Higher Education", which includes chapters on the Hope credit, the lifetime learning credit, and the tuition and fees deduction.
  • Form 8863 "Education Credits (American Opportunity, Hope and Lifetime Learning Credits)". 
  • Instructions for Form 1040 or 1040A. 
  • IRS Publication 17 "Tax Guide for Individuals".

The tax rules regarding eligibility for, calculation of, and limitations on the tuition and fee deduction and education credits can be complex. For this reason, you may want to consult your tax advisor to determine whether you are qualified to claim the education expense tax credits and deduction.