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Linux Certification FAQ

Is financial assistance available for certification training?

It's sometimes possible to obtain direct reimbursements for certification training and/or testing costs from your employer. The money may come from the training budget or from the tuition reimbursement program.

If you're an American, the tax act of 1997 makes it possible to regain some of your training costs through your federal income tax return. If you're using the training to advance in your current profession (rather than to change professions) you'll want to explore Form 2106, Employee Business Expenses, or, if you're self-employed, Schedule C, Profit or Loss from Business.

The 1997 tax act created two credits you may be able to take advantage of as well: the Lifetime Learning Credit and the Hope Scholarship Credit. Credits are dollar for dollar reductions of your tax bill! The following IRS Publications can help you determine if your expenses will qualify:

  • Publication 508 Education Expenses
  • Publication 970 Tax Benefits for Higher Education
  • Since tax regulations change frequently, be sure to check the latest IRS publications.
Veterans may be able to use their GI benefits to pay for certification training and testing. You can find the rules and regulations, as well as qualifing certifications, on the GI Bill website.

If you don't have the cash on hand to fund your certification efforts, and you don't have an employer that's willing to foot the bill, there are several loan programs that may help you out, among them are:

GoCertify's Certification Cost Calculator can help you determine how much you will really have to spend to earn your certification.

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