What were your total education credits?

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This is question 44a on the paper FAFSA.

If you use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool and transfer your information from the IRS into your FAFSA, the answer to this question will be pre-filled and identified as “Transferred from the IRS.”

If the answer to this question is not pre-filled, enter the total amount of education credits (American Opportunity Tax Credit or Lifetime Learning Tax Credit) you (and if married, your spouse) received in 2015.

If you filed (or if married, you and your spouse filed a joint tax return), the total education credits can be found on:

IRS Form Use Line
1040 50
1040A 33

If you and your spouse filed separate tax returns, use the table below to calculate your total education credits.

If you filed a… …and your spouse filed a… Then enter the following:
1040 1040 Add line 50 from both tax returns and enter the total amount
1040 1040A Add line 50 from the 1040 and line 33 from the 1040A and enter the total amount
1040A 1040A Add line 33 from both tax returns and enter the total amount
1040A 1040 Add line 33 from the 1040A and line 50 from the 1040 and enter the total amount

If you or your spouse will file a federal tax return, but have not yet filed, estimate the amount that will appear in the lines noted in the table above.

Note: The line number references above are from the IRS tax form, not from the W-2 form.

Round to the nearest dollar and do not include commas or decimal points.

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