The American Opportunity Tax Credit and Pell Grant Program: Analyses of Education Assistance



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Edited by I Leslie Rubin, Robert J Geller, Abby Mutic, Benjamin A Gitterman, Nathan Mutic, Wayne Garfinkel, Claire D Coles, Kurt Martinuzzi, and Joav Merrick


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The American Opportunity Tax Credit (AOTC) is a temporary tax provision that provides financial assistance to taxpayers whose children (or who themselves) are attending college. The AOTC is scheduled to expire at the end of 2017, at which point Congress may allow the provision to expire, extend the provision in its current form, or extend a modified version of the AOTC. In light of increased congressional interest in reforming the tax code, policy makers may choose to consider modifying the AOTC in conjunction with other education tax benefits.

This book provides both an in-depth description of this tax credit and an analysis of its economic impact. This book also reviews how the Pell Grant program works and provides an analysis of recent program costs and funding, recipients (numbers and characteristics), and the role the program plays in the distribution of federal student aid. In addition, this book highlights some of the current legislative issues pertaining to the program. (Imprint: Nova)


Chapter 1 - The American Opportunity Tax Credit: Overview, Analysis, and Policy Options (pp. 1-26)
Margot L. Crandall-Hollick

Chapter 2 - Federal Pell Grant Program of the Higher Education Act: How the Program Works, Recent Legislative Changes, and Current Issues (pp. 27-66)
Shannon M. Mahan

Chapter 3 - Report to Congress on Coordinating the American Opportunity Tax Credit and the Federal Pell Grant (pp. 67-130)
U.S. Department of the Treasury


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