It is tax time and I have a question on how to handle tuition and other fees (I know I can consult a tax professional but I'm interested in how others handle the tax situation...). Let's say total fees (tuition, room and board) from the university are $30,000. ROTC pays $20,000 (amount of tuition). This leaves a cash expense for us of $10,000 (generally the amount for room and board). The ROTC contribution is based on tuition fees, however there is nothing in the way the university handles the ROTC contribution that is linked to tuition, room or board. It drops into my daughter's account (just like her loans and a university provided scholarship). For example, because I had paid the fall tuition, the initial ROTC scholarship funds were used to offset the room and board payable amount. Can I claim the balance of $10,000 that I'm paying is for tuition? Getting a tax credit for some portion of this $10,000 in expense would certainly be nice.