Who is considered a college student?

To qualify as a student, your child must have been, during some part of each of five calendar months (not necessarily consecutive) during 2023:

  • A full-time student at a school that has a regular teaching staff, a regular course of study, and a regularly enrolled student body in attendance; or
  • A student taking a full-time, agricultural-related training course on a farm, given either by a school like that just described or by a state, county, or local government.

A full-time student is someone who is enrolled for the number of hours or courses the particular school considers to be full-time attendance.

An eligible educational institution is a school offering higher education beyond high school. It is any college, university, trade school, or other post secondary educational institution eligible to participate in a student aid program run by the U.S. Department of Education.

This includes most accredited public, nonprofit and privately-owned–for-profit post secondary institutions.