Form 8917 is for claiming the Tuition & Fees Deduction
. Form 8863 is for claiming Education Credits
. Turbo Tax program picks the method that benefits you the most, which is almost always the education credit (8863) if you can qualify.
A $1,000 deduction will decrease your taxable income
by $1,000. If you are in the 25% tax bracket your tax is decreased by $250. A $1,000 credit will decrease your tax dollar for dollar- by $1,000.
In the desktop version you can use Forms mode (upper right corner of screen)
Open Student Info Wk form
Go to Part VII - Education Credit or Deduction Election
click to select the tuition and fees deduction to be used.
In Online version the choice has to made in the interview.
Please ask if you need more discussion or clarification.