Internal Revenue Service United States Department of the Treasury
Level Basic Advanced Military International

Adjustments to Income

Student Loan Interest

Reductions to Qualified Expenses

Before calculating qualified expenses on a tax return, the following tax-free income amounts must be subtracted:

  • Employer-provided educational assistance benefits
  • Tax-free withdrawals from a Coverdell ESA or from a qualified tuition program
  • U.S. savings bond interest excluded from income because it is used to pay qualified higher education expenses
  • Certain scholarships and fellowships
  • Veteran's educational assistance benefits
  • Any other nontaxable payments (other than gifts, bequests, or inheritances) received for educational expenses
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Generally, qualified higher education expenses include tuition, fees, room and board, books, supplies, equipment, and other necessary expenses, such as transportation.