I've been having some trouble finding out information from the IRS on rules concerning early withdrawals from a Roth/rollover IRA to pay for school. As a non-trad, I have a decent retirement account I've accumulated over the years, but minimal outright cash savings. I was thinking of tapping into the IRA to possibly pay for school instead of taking high-interest loans. Have any of you attempted to do this? Right now I have assets in a Roth, and as that's already been taxed, I take it the withdrawal would not be taxed. I also have money in a 401k, which I am taking *would* be taxed on withdrawal. I've found information that suggests that you can withdraw without suffering the 10% penalty (that penalty being in addition to the standard tax burden on the withdrawal amount) for "qualified" education expenses, but I have not been able to find information on how something qualifies as an education expense, and how the IRS does ordering (if you have educational expenses also handled by loans, for example) and whether this is related to the COA. Also, I have been unable to find any information about caps on the amount you can withdraw, if they do exist. Anyone attempted this before, or have any good information on how this works? Thanks!