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the fool retirement planner states that one of the seven ways to avoid the 10% penalty for early withdrawal from an IRA is if the funds "Are used to pay for the qualified expenses of higher education for the IRA owner, and/or eligible family members." It goes on to say that "Except as noted in the discussion for Roth and Education IRAs, ordinary income taxes still must be paid on withdrawals for these purposes."

So yes, you can use your ordinary IRA funds, but you are taxed on the withdrawal.
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