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My employer paid the tuition because it is a common benefit for employees where I work (a university). They pay a portion of tuition for employees, spouses and children at certain universities. I realize if they were paying my own tuition it would be tax-free educational assistance and would not qualify towards a tax credit. I just can't find a clear answer in regards XXXXX XXXXX fact that they paid it on my daughter's behalf and not mine.... since she is not their employee.