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How many times can I claim the American Opportunity Credit?

The American Opportunity Education Credit is available to be claimed 4 times per eligible student. This count includes the number of times you claimed the Hope Education Credit.

 

For example: If you claimed the Hope Education Credit on your 2012 tax return and then claimed the American Opportunity Credit on your 2013, 2014, and 2015 tax returns, you will not be eligible to claim the American Opportunity Credit on your 2016 tax return. Your other education credit/deduction options would be the Lifetime Learning Credit or the Tuition and Fees Deduction.

 

Please note that you are unable to claim more than one education credit for the same student in the same year.