In addition to aiding the unemployed, the stimulus package provides added relief for students. However, student loan limits will remain the same which could end up preventing students in need from going to
Hope Scholarship Tax Credit – Increased to $2,500 100% of qualified tuition and related expenses of up to $2,000 can be claimed as a tax credit, resulting in a total tax credit of $2,500. This credit can be claimed during the first 4 years of
What Items Can I Claim as a Tax Credit? Tuition and fees & now course materials for tuition and fees
Who Qualifies? Single – phased out if your adjusted gross income (AGI) is greater than $80,000 Married – phased out if your adjusted gross income (AGI) is greater than $160,000
What if I owe very little in taxes, can I still claim a tax credit? You can receive a tax refund for up to 40% of the credit
Pell Grant Funding Increased The federal government increased funding for Pell Grants to $5,350 in 2009-10 and $5,550 in 2010/11 from $4,731. The grants which don’t have to be repaid are designed for the lowest income students.
Federal Stafford & Perkins Loan Limits are NOT Increased Despite the House of Representatives and the Senate requesting loan limits to be increased, the final bill did not include this much needed amendment. With lenders continuing to reduce or scrap their private student loan programs, students in need are left with few