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I have been reading IRS documents for days trying to answer my question. While I am fairly confident that I cannot claim a Lifetime Learning Credit, I have not found any information that is unequivocal.

My academic department paid my graduate tuition and required expenses. This is a fee remission provided for graduate student researchers and instructors in certain departments at most academic institutions. Since a student can claim a Lifetime Learning Credit for tuition payments made on his or her behalf (the example given by the IRS is from an uncle), does this qualify?

I would appreciate any insight into this matter.

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