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I heard about a $500 credit for college students living at home instead of on campus or on their own. Is this real and how do I get to it? (Not the $2500 credit.)

I read something about an additional $500 credit for college students living at home instead of on campus or on their own.  My return is almost complete, and I don't see anything about this.  I am wondering if this is real and if so, how to get it onto my return.  I don't recall the source, newspaper I think.

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Vanessa
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I heard about a $500 credit for college students living at home instead of on campus or on their own. Is this real and how do I get to it? (Not the $2500 credit.)

No, there is not a $500 credit for college students living at home instead of on campus or on their own. There is a $500 Other Dependent Credit that some parents are able to claim when they are not able to claim their college student as a qualifying child anymore (usually because they are over 23 years old).

This would automatically be given to you if you entered your child on your return and answered all the questions regarding your child and then went through the deductions section. 

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Vanessa
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I heard about a $500 credit for college students living at home instead of on campus or on their own. Is this real and how do I get to it? (Not the $2500 credit.)

No, there is not a $500 credit for college students living at home instead of on campus or on their own. There is a $500 Other Dependent Credit that some parents are able to claim when they are not able to claim their college student as a qualifying child anymore (usually because they are over 23 years old).

This would automatically be given to you if you entered your child on your return and answered all the questions regarding your child and then went through the deductions section. 

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