KANSAS CITY, MO (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- College costs can be crippling. But thanks to Congress, there is possibly a $2,500 tax credit to ease the pain.
With help from H&R Block, taxpayers can claim all of the tax credits and deductions they're entitled to, ensuring going to college doesn't have to break the bank.
In the past 10 years, the price of undergraduate tuition, room and board jumped by 30 percent for public colleges and 23 percent for private ones (including adjustment for inflation), according to the U.S. Department of Education. College students in the last academic year paid an average of $11,578 for a public education and $29,915 for a private one.
"The current tax changes increase access to higher education for more taxpayers," said Amy McAnarney, executive director of The Tax Institute at H&R Block. "Getting a college degree can be costly, but there are ways to decrease your overall education expenses right now if you know how."
Taxpayers should be aware of several tax credits and deductions as the college fall semester starts:
"Whether you're saving for education or paying school-related expenses now, help is out there," McAnarney said. "These vehicles are available to reduce your tax liability and make educational opportunities more affordable for everyone."
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SOURCE: H & R Block