Many Eastern Michigan University students and families eligible for state tax credit, thanks to 0 percent tuition increase

by Geoff Larcom, Published July 08, 2010

YPSILANTI - Eastern Michigan University is in a class by itself, and that will help Eastern students save even more on their education.

Eastern is the only Michigan public university to announce it is not raising tuition for the 2010-11 academic year.  As a result, many undergraduate students or their families can get a tax break, thanks to the state of Michigan’s 2010 Michigan College Tuition Income Tax Credit.

Depending on the amount of money spent on tuition and fees, eligible students or their families can receive an 8-percent tax credit, up to a maximum of $375 per student, when they file their 2010 Michigan Income Tax Return next year.  This only applies to loans and out-of-pocket expenses, not grants and scholarships.

“Along with Eastern’s freeze on tuition, room and board, the added benefit of this tax credit means that many of our students will continue to receive a quality education for the 2010-11 academic year at a cost that’s actually lower than this past year ” said John Lumm, Eastern’s chief financial officer. “Given the economic challenges in our state, we’re excited to provide this unique opportunity.”

To be eligible, the student must be a permanent Michigan resident, adjusted gross income must be $200,000 or less, and the student must be an undergraduate who attended a school approved by the state.

Only those Michigan universities and colleges with tuition and fee rate increases that do not exceed the 2009 Consumer Price Index (CPI) are eligible. The CPI is the most common measure of inflation. The 2009 CPI was at zero, which makes EMU eligible because of its tuition freeze.

Geoff Larcom


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