We have a child starting college this month and though his school is in another part of the country, he'll be taking classes remotely for the first semester due to Coronavirus concerns. Our home is small and the school is a music conservatory, so we're currently looking into renting a small 1-room office somewhere nearby where they would have a walled off space to take classes. This is for the sake of everyone's sanity and price-wise should still be considerably less than we would've paid for room & board on campus.
I've seen that off-campus housing can be considered a qualified expense as far as a 529 account is concerned, up to a limit of the Room & Board number estimated by the school for off-campus students. Would this also apply to a non-residential office rental? I would assume this is a valid use of 529 funds, as the student needs a place to work, but not sure what the IRS's stance is on it.
Anyone have any insight on this? Thanks in advance.