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This comprehensive article delves into the intricacies of Section 80C deductions, focusing on the significance of tuition or school fees paid for the education of children. Covering eligibility criteria, maximum child limits, and practical considerations, the article elucidates the nuances of claiming deductions under Section 80C. With detailed insights, FAQs, and a summary of provisions, this guide serves as a valuable resource for individuals navigating the complexities of tax benefits related to education expenses. From understanding who qualifies for this tax benefit to exploring the permissible expenses, this exploration serves as a guide for those seeking to optimize their tax planning while investing in education.

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Deduction u/s. 80C for tuition / school fees paid for education of children

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Who is Eligible for Section 80C Deduction:

Deduction for tuition fees u/s. 80C of the Income Tax Act 1961 is available to Individual Assessee and is not available to HUF.

Maximum Child:

Deduction under this section is available for tuition fees paid on two children’s education. If Assessee have more then two children then he can claim tuition fees paid of only two children’s. The Deduction is available for any two children.

Here we would like to mention that husband and wife both have a separate limit of two children each, so they can claim deduction for 2 children each.

Large Group of Student Standing

Expenditure paid for self education not allowable: –

This is the only clause u/s 80C where assessee can not claim tax benefit for expenditure incurred for self. In other words if assessee has paid tuition fees for his own studies, he will not be eligible for deduction.

Fees paid for spouse:

Deduction is not available for tuition fees paid for studies of spouse.

Maximum Limit for Section 80C Deduction:

Deduction for tuition Fees is available up to Rs. 150000.  Please Note that aggregate amount of deduction  under section 80C , 80CCC and  80CCD shall not  exceed Rs. 1,50,000/-.

Deduction available on payment basis: –

Deduction under this section is available on payment basis. Fees may be related to any period. For example feed paid for April 2019 if Paid in March 2019 will be eligible for deduction u/s. 80C in A.Y. 2019-20.

Section 80C Deduction not available for part time course:-

The deduction is available for Full Time courses only.   In our opinion no deduction is available for part time or distance learning courses.

Fees for Private tuition/Coaching Classes not eligible for deduction u/s. 80C :-

The fees should be paid to university, college, school or other educational institution. No deduction available for fees paid for private tuition’s , coaching courses for admission in professional courses or any other type of courses are not covered as that fee is not paid for FULL time education.

Location of University, college, school or other educational institution:

University, college, school or other educational institution must be situated in India though it can be affiliated to any foreign institutes.

Allowability of pre-nursery, play school and nursery class fees: –

Pre-nursery, play school and nursery class fees is also covered under section 80C (circular No. 20/2015 Dated 02/12/2015)

Not allowable Expenses:-

1. Development fees or donation not eligible.

2. Transport charges, hostel charges, Mess charges, library fees, scooter/cycle/car stand charges incurred for education are not allowed.

3. Late fees is not eligible for deduction.

4. Term Fees is not eligible for deduction.

5. No deduction for part time or distance learning courses.

6. no rebate for private tuition.

7. Building fund or any donation etc not allowed.

Note: Above list is not exhaustive.

Summary of Above Provisions

1) Deduction from taxable income under Section 80C is available to individual taxpayers up to a maximum amount of Rs1.5 lakh for education expenses incurred for one’s children.

2) Each parent can claim the deduction for the tuition fees paid for up to two children each, thereby covering a maximum of four children in a family.

3) This deduction is available to the parent who has made the payment, to the extent of the tuition fee actually paid or Rs 1.5 lakh, whichever is lower.

4) The deduction can be claimed only for full-time courses including pre-nursery and playschool. Part-time, distance learning courses, private tuitions and coaching classes are not covered.

5) This deduction can be availed of on the basis of actual payment made, irrespective of the period to which the fee may pertain.

6) Only the tuition fee paid is eligible for deduction. Other expenses, such as transport charges, library charges, hostel charges, development fees or donation, are not covered.


Q.1 Can an unmarried person can claim deduction u/s 80C of Income tax Act, 1961 for school fee paid for 2 children?

Answer: Yes he can. As clause (c)  of sub-section 4 of Section 80C only speaks of children’s of Individual.  Section 80C is silent on legality of child and it does not say that child should be legal child.

Q.2 Can I claim deduction u/s 80C of Income tax Act, 1961 for my adopted child’s school fees?

Answer: Yes you can. As section 80C again silent and do not specify that child should be biological child for the purpose of claiming deduction under clause (xvii) of section 80C.

Q.3 I have divorced to my wife and have custody of my son with me and paying his school fees. Will I be eligible for deduction u/s 80C of Income tax Act, 1961 for school fee paid on his education?

Answer: Yes you will. As section 80C do not specify that marriage should continue to claim the deduction under clause (xvii) of section 80C.

Q.4 Can I claim deduction under section 80C for tuition fees paid to an Indian institution for my wife’s education?

Answer: No you can’t claim. Deduction u/s. 80C is available only for tuition fees paid for two children’s education.

Q.5 I and my wife both paid for education of our one child. My wife paid 70,000 and I paid 1,60,000/- can we both claim deduction?

Answer: Yes both of you can claim deduction u/s 80C up to a maximum of Rs.  1,50,000 each.  You can claim deduction up to 150000/- and your wife can claim deduction of Rs. 70,000/-.

Q.6 I am currently working and studying. If  I pay my tuition fees out my own earnings and do not take an educational loan, will I get any tax benefits?

Answer: The tuition fees paid by you will not make you eligible for any tax benefits. You will not be able to claim any income tax deduction.

Q.7 I am a working women and I am paying the education fees for my husband education. Can I claim the deduction for this?

Answer: Payment of tuition fee up to Rs 1.5 lakh can be claimed as deduction u/s 80C of the I T Act. But the payment of tuition fee for full time course must be for for any two children of individual. It follows therefore one can not claim deduction for payment of tuition fee for his/her spouse.

Q.8 Section 80C allows deduction in respect of tuition fee but excludes payments towards development fees, donations or payments of similar nature.

Does this mean that the items not specifically excluded, such as fees for games, magazines, stationery, Parents’ Teacher Association fees, Staff Benefit Fund, Gratuity Fund, and hostel will not qualify for the deduction?

Answer: None of these will qualify for deduction under Section 80C of the Income-Tax Act, 1961.

The deduction available under this Section is for sums paid as tuition fees (excluding any payment towards any development fees or donation or payment of a similar nature) whether at the time of admission or thereafter to any university, college, school or other educational institutions within India for the purpose of full-time education of any two children of an individual. The principle requirement for qualifying for deduction under this provision would be that the fee paid should be in the nature of tuition fee. All of the items enumerated by you are essentially not in the nature of tuition fee, and so cannot qualify for deduction.

You may note that the development fee or donation or payments of a similar nature even if they are in the nature of tuition fees will not qualify for the deduction under this Section.

Q.9 Can Mother claim the benefit of tuition fees paid for his son/daughter.

Answer:  Assessee means both mother and father both can take the benefit u/s 80 C for amount paid by them respectively.

Q.10 If a couple have four children, can they both claim fees for two children each?

Answer: Yes ,husband and wife both have a separate limit of two children each ,so they can claim deduction for 2 children each.

Q.11 If a Couple has one child and paid a fees of Rs. 250000  can they both claim tuition fess 150000 each ?

Answer:  yes ,they both can claim deduction for 150000 each subject to they have actually paid same amount. If husband has paid 1.50 lac and wife has paid 1 Lakh then husband can claim 150000 and wife can claim 100000.

Q.12 Ram has paid tuition fees for his child 20000/- in February 2019  relates to period march to June 2019, how much amount he can claim deduction in assessment year 2019-20?

Answer:  He can claim full 20000 Rs in assessment year 2019-20 , as this deduction is available on the basis of payment and it may or may not be related to the period in which it has been paid.

 Q.13 Is Late fees paid with tuition fees is eligible for deduction ?

Answer: No, late fees is not eligible for deduction under 80C.

Conclusion: Understanding Section 80C Deduction is vital for maximizing tax benefits on education expenses. By adhering to the eligibility criteria and knowing the limits, individuals can optimize their financial planning. Frequently asked questions provide clarity on specific scenarios, ensuring taxpayers make informed decisions regarding tuition fees and tax deductions.


Clause xvii of section 80C

xvii) as tuition fees (excluding any payment towards any development fees or donation or payment of similar nature), whether at the time of admission or thereafter,

(a) to any university, college, school or other educational institution situated within India;

(b) for the purpose of full-time education of any of the persons specified in sub-section (4);

Subsection 4 of Section 80C

“(4) The persons referred to in sub-section (2) shall be the following, namely:

(a) ………………….

(b) …………………..

(c) for the purposes of clause (xvii) of that sub-section, in the case of an individual, any two children of such individual.

(Republished with Amendments)

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  1. sunil says:

    As i am unemployed currently and had received may last salary in the month of June2021, how can i claim in my ITR for AY 2021-22 (FY 2020-21) if i paid my son’s school fee for the FY 2020-21 in the FY 21-22? i.e. can i claim the school fees of FY 20-21, in the ITR for FY 20-21 if i have paid it in the FY 21-22? please advise,

    Best Regards

  2. Venkatesha says:

    Hi sir good evening we are seniors citizens my daughter is no more , one child minor looking ( takers ) Har grand child but know Sum of investment made to future savings of child I am is the proposer of policy can I have to claim of 80C , please clarify

  3. Subimal Das says:

    I paid College Fees of Rs. 235000/- to Siksha O Anusandhan Deemed University, Bhubaneswar for Ist year B.Tech of my son. Is this allowed for deduction u/s 80C?

  4. Ammu says:

    Respected sir.. I am ammu(widow).. I have 2children .. I am poor family… My children’s are studying 5th and 3rd..nobody can help with my children education.. I worked in small clinic.. That salary not able to pay my children study fees so kindly help with my children.. My father also died last year.. So please help my children sir… 🙏🙏🙏

  5. SANDIEP SINHA says:

    My wife is a free lance consultant. She has paid for her own fees for Ph.D. at IIM Indore. Can she book this fees as expense from IT return perspective?

  6. Manoj kumar says:

    Can a central government employee claim tution fee for two child in 80c when the tuition fee reimburse by central government
    Tuition fee is36800 for one child but reimbursement amout is 27000 per child

  7. vedevikas says:

    Sir, can I claim rebate under section 80C for all other expenses related to education such as purchase of books, stationery, uniform and shoes apart from tuition fees paid to the institution?

  8. J P Rathod says:

    MY son school has given paid fees as mentioned “Education fee” in receipt. SO I submited it in my account office for deduction under 80C …. But account officer refused to involve it in under 80 C….. He said only Tuition FEE word can be covered in it…… So what is the difference between EDUCATION FEE AND TUITION FEE???????

  9. JITENDRA says:


  10. Shraddha says:

    Being a sister, can I claim tution fees paid for my brother’s education (engineering degree) under section 80C with stipulated limit.

  11. Mahesh Raut says:

    I have paid my daughter’s college education fee (Hotel Management Degree) as Registration fee Rs.22000, Study Center fee 18000 and practical fee Rs. 25000, Can I claim these all fees u/s 80C ?



  13. naresh says:

    I have adopted a child less than 1 year old and expense including his one time insurance is 4.0 lacs. Can I get any tax benefit on expenses.

  14. Baijnath Saw says:

    Sir school takes as a fee
    Tution fee – 1200 per month
    Computer fee – 150 per month
    Pupil fund – 125 per month
    Which will be deductible
    My department says that only 100 per month fixed amount will be deducted for everyone. What shall I do?

  15. Anuradha Dash says:

    Schools are taking a total amount of Rs.1,00,000/- per year and give receipt accordingly. Nothing has been specified. Receipt says Simply school fees of Rs. 1,00,000/- has been received.
    How much amount can be claimed under 80C ?

  16. Gautam says:

    Can have claimed on Tution Fess in Section 80C.. But the tution fees would be paid my husband in bank account .. I have to be claimed on my Income tax as section 80c

  17. Manisana says:

    Suppose if I take home loan of ₹20lakh paying an EMI of
    ₹19229, what r the components that I can claim as income
    Tax benefits. And how can I can claim? Can u plz explain
    Along with an example bcoz I am really confuse abt the
    Component (principle/interest) that I can claim.

  18. Akhilesh says:

    Maharastra Govt announced that there will fee concession those studying in Engineering or Medical College, if the family income is less than 6 lakhs.
    But my question is what about if two students are studying and then any concession if the limit is not in that range.

  19. Satyendra Nath Sinha says:

    I am a gov employee I got as educational allowance for rs 18000 for my child but actually expanse is rs 30000 how can I apply for tax deduction

  20. Suresh says:

    I paid tution fees for my son’s education year 2018-2019 on feb2018.May i know which assessment year i’m eligible? FYI, I already filled income tax for the assessment year 2018-2019, Thanks in advance.

  21. CA VEERENDRA says:


  22. SANJAY SHEVADE says:

    I am government employee my elder son study at USA and younger at bengaluru. I have paid tuition fees and hostel fees also both son(hostel fee elder son 40000 PM and elder son 65000 per year . I am taken education loan for elder son, currently I have paid only interest.
    1. My question is: 1) whether I can take Income Tax exemption or claim under HRA? If yes both son or?
    2. Any limitation? Or any rules
    3. Which benefits I can avail on the above expenses?

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