Education Credit Program Comparison

Education Credit Program Comparison Table
Lifetime Learning Credit American Opportunity Credit

Up to $2,000 credit per return

Up to $2,500 credit per eligible student

Available for all years of postsecondary education and for courses to acquire or improve job skills

Available ONLY until the first four years of post-
secondary education are completed

Available for an unlimited number of years

Available ONLY for four years per eligible student (Including any year(s) Hope credit was claimed)

Student does not need to be pursuing a degree or other recognized education credential

Student must be pursuing an undergraduate degree or other recognized education credential

Available for one or more courses

Student must be enrolled at least half time for at least one academic period beginning during the year

Felony drug conviction rule does not apply

No federal/state felony drug conviction on student's record