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Grants, Scholarships, Student Loans, Work Study

Question: I received an academic scholarship that is designated to be used for tuition and books. Is this taxable income?


The scholarship is not taxable income if you satisfy all of the following conditions:

  1. You are a candidate for a degree at an educational institution described in section 170(b)(1)(A)(ii) of the Internal Revenue Code.
  2. You use the amount for tuition and fees required for enrollment or attendance at the educational institution, or for books, supplies and equipment required for courses of instruction at the institution.
  3. The amount received does not represent payment for your services (unless the amount is received for services required by the National Health Service Corps Scholarship Program or the Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship and Financial Assistance Program).

Additional Information:

Category: Interest, Dividends, Other Types of Income
Subcategory: Grants, Scholarships, Student Loans, Work Study

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The OMB number for this study is 1545-1432.
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