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The Tax FAQ on the HOPE, & other sources, talk about the HOPE applying to the first two years of post-secondary education. Can this be three tax years for a "normal" college student beginning freshman year in year 1, freshman & sophomore years in year 2, and completing the sophomore year [second year of post-secondary education] in the third tax year?

The IRS pub. on this topic implies two tax years as well as two scholastic years.

Any help out there? Two tax years or three?

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