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The earned income test for supporting yourself for form 8615 is a different test and scholarship income is not part of that test.    The dependent filing requirements are different which is what the answer was about.

Pub 501 - filing requirements for dependents.

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Earned income.    Earned income includes salaries, wages, professional fees, and other amounts received as pay for work you actually perform. Earned income (only for purposes of filing requirements and the standard deduction) also includes any part of a taxable scholarship. See chapter 1 of Pub. 970, Tax Benefits for Education, for more information on taxable and nontaxable scholarships.
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