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In your first post you said: I am filing her taxes and went looking for the 1098E info for her Stafford loans, which she has taken in every year since 2004, and Sallie Mae's website says she is not eligible to deduct the interest.

and now you say: Phil, that must be it, thanks. I guess for Staffords you only start paying 6 months after graduation (or thereabouts). Interest has been accruing all along, but the first payment was due in January 2009.

I would say that your daughter has an issue with every tax return since 2004, if she has not been paying the interest, but has been deducting accrued interest.

She needs to go back and re-file those returns, and, if applicable, pay penalties and interest.

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