|Tax Topic #421
||2008 Tax Year
Topic 421 - Scholarship and Fellowship Grants
If you receive a scholarship or fellowship grant, all or part of the amounts
you receive may be tax–free.
Qualified scholarship and fellowship grants are treated as tax–free
amounts if all the following conditions are met:
- You are a candidate for a degree at an educational institution that maintains
a regular faculty and curriculum and normally has a regular enrolled body
of students in attendance at the place where it carries on its educational
- Amounts you receive as a scholarship or fellowship are used for tuition
and fees required for enrollment or attendance at the educational institution,
or for books, supplies, and equipment required for courses of instruction.
You must include in gross income amounts used for incidental expenses,
such as room and board, travel, and optional equipment, and generally amounts
received as payments for teaching, research, or other services required as
a condition for receiving the scholarship or fellowship grant.
However, you do not need to include in gross income any amounts you receive
for services that are required by the National Health Service Corps Scholarship
Program or the Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship and Financial Assistance
If any part of your scholarship or fellowship grant is taxable, you may
have to make estimated tax payments. For more information refer to Publication 970 , Tax Benefits for Education.
Page Last Reviewed or Updated: December 22, 2008
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