TurboTax FAQ
TurboTax FAQ
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What are examples of education expenses?

Education expenses can be complex, but we'll simplify them for you. Here are examples of what you can and can't deduct: 

You can deduct: 
  • Tuition
  • Enrollment fees
  • Expenses paid to school, on condition of enrollment (lab fees, for example)
  • Certain books, supplies, and course-related equipment
  • Expenses listed above (for the following semester), as long as the semester begins in the first three months of 2017
  • Education expenses paid with cash, checks, credit cards and savings accounts
  • Education expenses paid with loans, gifts and inheritances
You cannot deduct:
  • Room and board
  • Fees for non-degree courses (sports, games or hobbies)
  • Insurance
  • Medical expenses or student fees
  • Transportation or mileage
  • Fees for maintaining or acquiring a license (broker, CPA, etc.)
  • Tutoring expenses
  • Private high school or grade school fees
  • High school or private school uniforms 
  • Undergraduate and graduate application fees
  • Daycare expenses
  • Homeschool expenses
  • Contributions to a student's Coverdell Education Savings Account

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