Applying to college can be an expensive endeavor. Each college has its own application fee, which usually ranges from forty to sixty dollars. On top of this, there's the fee for the SAT - 47 dollars - and the SAT II, another 25 dollars for each test. Students applying to five schools might spend over five hundred dollars in application fees and entrance exams. All this expense gives rise to the question, 'Are college application fees tax deductible?'
The answer to this question is, unfortunately, no. These fees actually were tax deductible for a time, but this deduction was removed following the 2009 tax season.
Another similar question - 'Are college entrance exams tax deductible?' This question has the same answer: nope.
Fees associated with applying to college are not tax deductible. This means that all exams, such as SAT and ACT, and application fees cannot be deducted from tax expenses. Do not try to claim these items, because they are no longer allowed.
There is some good news, though. Even though college entrance exams and applications fees are not tax deductible, tuition and other mandatory fees are tax deductible.