There are several ways in which taxes are different for college students then they are for any other individual. Students, depending on how they are paying for college can pay more or less taxes than the normal individual.
Here is how some students may pay more taxes than the normal individual. When you are in college you can qualify for financial aid. Some of this financial aid is actually taxable depending on what it is used for. Usually any money that is not spent directly on tuition and books that you purchased at your school is taxable. Grants, waivers, and otters forms of aid are all taxable. This is taxable because it ends up counting as income which is taxable. SInce you are not using it for school directly, even if you are using it for housing, it is still taxable.
Students generally find it annoying that they must pay taxes on that money because normally students do end up spending all that money on school. Most people think that any housing should also be covered as non-taxable because housing is something they must have in order to go to college, which is what the money is to pay for.
If a student pays their own tuition they can actually get a tax cut. As you see this door does seem to swing both ways. When a student pays for their tuition out of their own pocket they are eligible for tax rebates and cuts depending on how much they spend. SOme kids expected contribution is higher than other and they are not able to get financial aid. Those student can get tax cuts on the money that they spend on tuition. THey can get credit to their tax accounts to make sure that they are spending as little tax as possible out of the money that they could be using for school.
Regardless of which area you fall into investing your money into school is always a good idea. Make sure you consult someone about how your taxes will change once you are in college to make sure you fill them out properly. As long as you keep good records it should be fairly easy for you to file your taxes as a student properly. Make sure you get it done though, as the IRS isn't ever happy to not receive a payment.