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What are qualified education expenses for homeschooled students?

In general, qualified education expenses are the amounts paid in excess of $250 for tuition, book rental, and lab fees for a student who is in the equivalent of kindergarten through twelfth grade at a homeschool during the regular school year.

Specifically, qualified education expenses for homeschooled children include the amount of:

  • Tuition paid for a student who was in the equivalent of kindergarten through twelfth grade. This includes fees paid for the child to satisfy physical education class requirements at a private facility such as a health club.
  • Fees for the purchase of student's workbooks or teacher's grade books that are significantly used up during the activities of the class. These expenses qualify even if they were paid to an out-of-state company.
  • Book rental fees paid for the rental of books that were required as part of the student's education program.
  • Curriculum rental fees paid for the rental of educational items such as lectures or class lessons on DVD or tape.
  • Lab fees paid for the use of supplies, equipment, materials, or instruments that were required as part of a lab course in the student's education program.
  • Shipping charges paid to receive a qualified item.
  • Sales or use taxes paid when purchasing a qualified item.

Lab courses include those courses, for which the student will receive credit toward graduation, that provide an environment for organized activity involving observation, experimentation, or practice, i.e., science, music, art, or language.

Any purchased equipment, materials, or instruments that are significantly used up by the assignments and activities of the lab are considered qualified lab fees.

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