Explanation of Qualifying Expenses for Education Tax Credits

Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Publication 970 and IRS Form 8863 explain which tuition and fee expenses qualify for education tax credits.

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At The College at Brockport, the following expenses would meet the criteria specified by the IRS:

  • Tuition
  • Art Lab Fees
  • Brockport Student Government Fee
  • Clinical Insurance Fee
  • College Fee
  • Technology Fee
  • Textbooks

IRS specifies that in order for qualifying expenses to be used for tax credits, they must be paid "out of pocket" during the tax year (normally January 1 - December 31) of the taxpayer taking the deduction. At The College at Brockport, the following payments would meet the criteria specified by the IRS:

  • Cash
  • Check
  • Credit Card
  • Student Loans
  • Parent Loans

IRS further specifies that qualifying expenses that were paid must be reduced by grants used to pay those expenses. At Brockport, examples of grants include:

  • Pell Grant
  • Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
  • Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)
  • Aid for Part-Time Study (APTS)
  • State University Supplemental Tuition Assistance (SUSTA)
  • Scholarships
  • SUNY Academic Achievement Awards (SAAA)
  • VESID
  • Tuition Waivers
  • Fellowships
  • Research Grants
  • Employee Tuition Support

In providing information to students, The College at Brockport takes the following steps:

  1. Determine total qualifying expenses for the tax year (January 1 - December 31) for tuition, college fee, Brockport Student Government fee, and technology fee.
  2. Determine qualifying expenses, which have been paid during the year. This amount includes both "out of pocket" payments AND grants. This total is displayed on the Online Services pages as EXP.
  3. Determine grants, which must reduce the qualifying expenses that have been paid. This amount is displayed on the Online Services page as GNT.

Note: If the total qualifying expenses has been paid by "out of pocket" payments, i.e., cash, checks, loans, etc., no deduction for grants will be displayed.

The information provided to students in the Online Services page relating to education tax credits is provided for assistance only. The College at Brockport is not a tax advisor. Students or other persons claiming education tax credits should do so only after consulting IRS Publication 970, IRS Form 8863, and/or in consultation with a qualified tax advisor.

Last Updated 2/14/18

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