Claiming the Lifetime Learning Tax Credit can earn you up to $2,000 per tax return on qualified tuition and other education expenses. The three key eligibility criteria stated by the IRS are:
If you're taking courses at an accredited institution—and you're enrolled for at least one academic period, such as one semester, in the tax year—you are considered an eligible student. The same goes for your spouse or dependent.
Yes, you're covered. Expenses paid by cash, check, card, or student loan all qualify. Your Form 1098-T, which your school should send to you by January 31, will tell you how much you've paid in qualified expenses that year.
Your tax credit is determined by several other factors, too: For example, you cannot claim the credit if your Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI) is over $62,000 (for a single filer) and you can claim the full credit only if your MAGI is $52,000 or less.
The IRS has an interactive app—estimated 10 minutes, start to finish—to help you find out if you're eligible. Check it out!