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The IRS only allows you to claim qualified educational expenses that are directly related to the cost of tuition and academic fees. The IRS provides the following list of items which are specifically not allowed:
Qualified education expenses do not include amounts paid for:
Medical expenses (including student health fees),
Room and board
Similar personal, living, or family expenses.
This is true even if the amount must be paid to the institution as a condition of enrollment or attendance.
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