Tax Information

Visit the Bursar Office website for details regarding Education Tax Credits, Hope Scholarship, or the Lifetime Learning Tax Credit.

Student Loan Interest Deductions

The Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997 introduced several tax incentives including a deduction for the interest paid on qualifying student loans. Beginning January 1, 1998, taxpayers who have taken loans to pay the cost of attending an eligible educational institution for themselves, their spouse, or their dependent generally may deduct interest they pay on these student loans. The maximum amount of a deduction in one year is: $2,000 in 2000 and $2,500 in 2001 and beyond. There are also limits to your adjusted gross income, which may affect the amount of deduction you may take.

All lenders are required to provide borrowers with a 1098-E if they paid more than $600 in interest for any tax year.

The Brown University Loan Office provides borrowers (who paid at least $600 in interest during the tax year) with a 1098-E which indicates the amount of interest that may be deductible for Perkins and Brown institutional loans.  If you have questions about how much interest you can deduct, you should consult with a qualified tax professional or contact the IRS Taxpayer Assistance line at (800) 829-1040.

The IRS website provides additional details about Tax Incentives for Education.  You may also wish to review the IRS Publication 970