Hope Scholarship Credit

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Hope Scholarship Credit

A direct, dollar-for-dollar reduction in a taxpayer's tax liability for expenses paid for post-secondary education. One may apply the Hope scholarship credit for oneself, one's spouse, or a dependent child. To be eligible for the credit, one must have no more than the modified adjusted gross income designated each year, and one may not take it if one also deducts education expenses from one's income.

Hope scholarship credit.

You may qualify for a Hope scholarship tax credit for money you spend on qualified educational expenses for yourself, your spouse, or a dependent child.

To qualify, the student must be enrolled at least halftime in the first or second year of a qualified higher education institution pursuing a degree or other credential.

Qualified institutions include liberal arts colleges, universities, and vocational, trade, or technical schools. If two qualifying students are enrolled at the same time, you may take two Hope tax credits.

To qualify for this credit, your modified adjusted gross income must fall within the annual limits that Congress sets. Those amounts tend to increase slightly each year.

If you claim the credit while you're taking withdrawals from tax-free college savings plans such as a Section 529 plan or an education savings account (ESA), you'll have to plan carefully. Your withdrawals will lose their qualified status and be subject to tax and penalty if you use them to pay for the same expenses for which you claim the tax credit.

You can't take the credit, either, if you claim a tuition and fees deduction in calculating your adjusted gross income.

Hope Scholarship Credit

A nonrefundable credit of up to $1,500 per qualified student for tuition and fees paid for the first two years of post-secondary education. Students attending school in the Gulf Opportunity Zone may qualify for a credit of up to $3,000 for 2005 and 2006. See Form 8863.
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The Hope Scholarship Credit is available only for the first two years (AARA 2009 expands to four years for 2009 and 2010) of postsecondary education, and can be used in only two (four) taxable years.
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Hope Scholarship Credit. In the first two years of post-secondary education, a taxpayer may elect to claim the Hope Scholarship Credit.
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