Tax Deduction for Student Loan Interest

If you have student loans, you may be able to deduct up to $2,500 per year in loan interest on your federal tax forms. Because this deduction is classified as an adjustment to your gross income, you do NOT have to itemize deductions in order to claim it.

For any loan on which you paid $600 or more in interest during the year, you should receive a Form 1098-E from the loan issuer to help you prepare your federal return.

The student loan interest deduction is phased out for individual taxpayers with a modified adjusted gross income above $65,000 (or $135,000 for joint filers). Additional IRS rules may affect whether your loans qualify for the deduction.