I attended a University right out of high school from Fall 2013- Spring 2017. I claimed the American Opportunity education credit in 2014, 2015, and 2016. Can I claim this credit for my last semester in 2017, making it my fourth and last time even though I technically started school in 2013? In addition, the 1098-T form my university sent me said the amount paid/billed was $0 for 2017. This is not true as my loans and scholarship were applied and paid for the Spring semester in January of 2017. Am I able to fill in whatever amount was paid in January 2017, even though it was likely counted on my 2016 1098-T form and wont match the 2017 1098-T form?
Yes, you may claim the credit for 2017 if you were not a
graduate student during the school year.
If the tuition fees
for spring semester 2017 was already included in your 2016 1098-T and you
claimed it in your 2016 taxes, you cannot claim it again in 2017.
However, you may still claim the other qualified expenses (required books and
supplies) assuming the scholarship did not cover that.
See the answer to the FAQ
for American Opportunity Credit requirements.