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Some College Students Can Still Get a Stimulus Check

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Anyone who can be claimed as a dependent on someone else's tax return (whether or not they're actually claimed as a dependent), is not eligible to receive a $1,200 stimulus check this year. That includes college students who are 23 or younger at the end of the year who don't pay at least half of their own expenses. Those students are out of luck.

But what about self-supporting college students? By definition, they can't be claimed as a dependent on someone else's tax return. So, despite what they may have heard about college students in general not being eligible for a stimulus check, self-supporting students can receive a check.

Normally, a self-supporting student will get a $1,200 stimulus check if they're single or $2,400 if they're married and file a joint return. Plus, if they have dependent children, they'll typically get an extra $500 for each qualifying child. (Use our........

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