Sounds like such a stupid question I know. I am a stay at home mom and just enrolled as a full time college student online. I'll be getting grants and student loans to cover my tuition. I read something that said there are education credits you can get even if you don't have the income normally needed to file a tax return. And even if you owe no taxes. Does that mean I can file a return this coming year and get credits for school? Also, if I can, could I claim my child as a dependant and receive the child tax credit and earned income credits as well? If not, what is the minimum amount you'd need to make working to file a return and get these credits? Thank you!