Tax Law

Are There Any Limits On What Qualifies As A Student Loan?

Yes. The loan must have been used to pay the costs of attendance at an eligible educational institution for a student enrolled at least half­time in a program leading to a degree, certificate, or other recognized educational credential. An eligible educational institution is any college, university, vocational school, or other post­secondary educational institution that is described in section 481 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1088) and, therefore, eligible to participate in the student aid programs administered by the Department of Education.

This category includes virtually all accredited public, nonprofit, and proprietary post­secondary institutions. For purposes of the student loan interest deduction, eligible educational institutions also include institutions that conduct an internship or residency program leading to a degree or certificate awarded by an institution of higher education, a hospital, or a health care facility that offers postgraduate training.