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If I was enrolled in college from Jan 2018- April 2018 not full time but did pay for everything completely out of pocket are there any deductions or anything I can do?

 
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If I was enrolled in college from Jan 2018- April 2018 not full time but did pay for everything completely out of pocket are there any deductions or anything I can do?

You would not qualify for the American Opportunity Credit because you were not at least a half time student for at least 1 day of 5 different months. You might qualify for the Lifetime Learning Credit. Go to the education section of TurboTax and complete the step by step interview. 

CORRECTION: See the comment below for the correct answer. The question is whether you paid for the courses taken in 2018 in 2018 or 2017. If you paid in  2017 they must be claimed on a 2017 tax return. The other issue is how old you were since there are some restrictions on someone under the age of 24 who claims themselves. If you use the step by step interview in TurboTax, it will let you know whether you qualify or not.

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If I was enrolled in college from Jan 2018- April 2018 not full time but did pay for everything completely out of pocket are there any deductions or anything I can do?

You would not qualify for the American Opportunity Credit because you were not at least a half time student for at least 1 day of 5 different months. You might qualify for the Lifetime Learning Credit. Go to the education section of TurboTax and complete the step by step interview. 

CORRECTION: See the comment below for the correct answer. The question is whether you paid for the courses taken in 2018 in 2018 or 2017. If you paid in  2017 they must be claimed on a 2017 tax return. The other issue is how old you were since there are some restrictions on someone under the age of 24 who claims themselves. If you use the step by step interview in TurboTax, it will let you know whether you qualify or not.

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If I was enrolled in college from Jan 2018- April 2018 not full time but did pay for everything completely out of pocket are there any deductions or anything I can do?

From Pub 970:
• For at least one academic period beginning in 2018
(or the first 3 months of 2019 if the qualified expenses
were paid in 2018), the student was enrolled at least
half-time in a program leading to a degree, certificate,
or other recognized educational credential.
(The 5 month rule applies to the definition of a qualifying child student who needs to be full time.)

So you are eligible for the American Opportunity Credit if no one is claiming you as a dependent and you are otherwise qualified.  Pub 970 has all of the gory details.
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