For Tax Year 2017. any other comments regarding whether a parent is able to claim first year servcie academy students as a dependent. DD is a Firstie at USNA and in 2014, I claimed her because she lived with me 6 months. I used Turbo Tax and don't recall there being a question about her earning more than $4,050. This year, I have a DS (frist year) at USCGA. Again, using Turbo Tax, I responded that he lived with me for 6 months, which is accurate. However, there is a question regarding his income in 2017. Considering 6 months at USCGA, his W2 reflects wages of $6550 so over the $4,050 limit. Responding yes to this question removes his status as my dependent. Considering service academy students earn more than $4,050 even in their first year, that would suggest parents can't claim them at any point once they enter the SA. Seems pretty clear to me but wanted to make sure I am not missing something (grasping at straws here).