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Education Credits

Question: Is an education credit available for the cost of a high school student taking college classes before graduation from high school?


Yes, if the high school student otherwise qualifies. The fact that a student has not graduated from high school does not necessarily disqualify the student from claiming a credit if for purposes of the American opportunity credit, the student is also enrolled at least half-time in a postsecondary education program leading to a degree, certificate or other recognized educational credential for at least one academic period at an eligible educational institution during the tax year.  

For purposes of the lifetime learning credit, a credit can be taken for any qualified education expenses paid for a student who is enrolled in one or more courses at an eligible educational institution to acquire or improve job skills.

Additional Information:

Category: Childcare Credit, Other Credits
Subcategory: Education Credits

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