This Article suggests that the cost of the education incentives in the Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997 is better spent on programs which more effectively subsidize lower-income families' educational expenses. Part II discusses the benefits of higher education for the nation and individuals, and it provides a brief history of the federal government's role in funding higher education. Part III discusses the effect that increasing tuition costs and eroding grant programs likely have on college attendance. Part IV outlines the educational incentives contained in the Taxpayer Relief Act and critiques the usefulness of the tuition tax credits, and Part V proposes the elimination of these credits.

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