The Lifetime Learning Credit is $57k - $67k, single and $114k - $134k, married filing jointly. Are you married by any chance? I'm assuming, no or you would have mentioned that. Just making sure.
Best Solution (taxes be dammed) - Ask your employer to help cover some of the costs. We are at record unemployment and if you're in a field that has good job prospects you should be able to negotiate. Every company I have worked for over the past 13-years has offered at least $5,250 in tuition assistance per calendar year. This is a very common benefit at companies.
"Under section 127 of the tax code, the IRS allows your employer to deduct the expense, and the benefit is not taxable to you as an employee."
The limit is $5,250. I would ask for this over a bonus unless they plus-up the bonus to cover your tax portion. Even then, they are losing out on the deduction by giving you a bonus.
Spread it out over three calendar years and you're getting a large portion of that tuition paid for.
- Fall Semester, year 1
- All year, year 2
- Spring semester, year 3
This way it's closer to 2-years of real time versus 3, full years. FYSA - Some (most) employers require you to stay for one year after the end of your last course.
If not, and you're not super set on staying at that employer, leave. Then you can look for companies that offer that benefit and/or negotiate tuition assistance (or a sign-on bonus) to help cover the costs of tuition.
Other than that, yeah, welcome to higher paid employment.