College Tuition Deduction
A deduction is allowed for tuition payments paid by you, for yourself or a dependent, to a qualifying two- or four-year college leading to an undergraduate or associate’s degree, diploma or certificate. Tuition payments for students pursuing graduate degrees at such a college or university are not eligible for the college tuition deduction. The deduction is equal to the amount by which the tuition payments, less any scholarships, grants or financial aid received, exceed 25% of Massachusetts AGI. The amount of the college tuition deduction is limited to qualified tuition expenses paid during a taxable year in connection with an academic term beginning during such taxable year or during the first three months of the next taxable year.
Qualified tuition expenses include only those expenses designated as tuition or mandatory fees required for the enrollment or attendance of the taxpayer or any dependent of the taxpayer at an eligible educational institution. No deduction is allowed for any amount paid for room and board, books, supplies, equipment, personal living expenses, meals, lodging, travel or research, athletic fees, insurance expenses or other expenses unrelated to an individual’s academic course of instruction. Also, no deduction is allowed for reimbursements or refunds of qualified tuition and related expenses made by an insurer. Complete the Massachusetts AGI Worksheet and the Schedule Y, line 11 worksheet to see if you may qualify for this deduction. This deduction is only available to full year residents. See TIRs 97-13 and 16-15 for more information.