Published: Fri, December 01, 2017
Money | By Michele Stevens

Members of U. gather to protest GOP tax bill

Members of U. gather to protest GOP tax bill

"The proposed tax plan would, in the form passed by the House, tax tuition and fee waivers making graduate education, in particular, much more expensive", said Jim Ahern, associate vice provost for graduate education. In protest of this potential increase, grad students on University of California campuses joined academics across the state and country and walked out of classes today.

"Even a thousand dollars more a year is a huge deal for a graduate student who can barely save about $3,000 or $4,000 a year", he said.

Graduate students from across New York City gathered in protest of the Republican tax reform proposal in Union Square Wednesday.

The Senate plan now being debated doesn't include a similar provision, but whether or not the provision will be part of the final tax reform plan has yet to be decided. Following college, many students would see their hopes for graduate school dashed under the proposed House GOP tax plan. The American Council for Education has also projected that the House bill's various provisions related to higher education would increase the cost to students by more than $65 billion by 2027. "People would have to leave grad school if nothing is done about it", said Maisson.

Speakers and attendees repeatedly said the proposed tax increase could have a "catastrophic" effect on the graduate student population in the USA and on the research they produce.

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If that version passes in the Senate, the House and Senate would have to compromise on a version of a tax plan. The bill does expand the related American Opportunity Tax Credit from four years to five, but graduate students are generally not eligible, the UI said.

Gary S. May, chancellor of UC Davis, offered his "wholehearted support" for the #GradTaxWalkout action, writing at the Sacramento Bee, "The House bill is an attack on higher education in the name of reform".

Graduate students in attendance said it is already a challenge to make ends meet in the Bay Area. At MIT, a private institution that charges about $49,600 in annual tuition, taxes would more than triple to $13,577, said the analyst, Vetri Velan, a doctoral student in physics.

Thus, in the coming days, we will continue to vigorously express our strong support for amendments that would reduce the negative effects of this legislation and oppose amendments that would cause further harm to the university, its students, and its staff. Members of the department ensured her that there would be no ramifications for students to participate, information which she then passed on to other departments and while contacting members of the Rutgers Union. Many students said the new tax bill would normalize student debt.

"There are a vast number of students across a vast number of universities who are against this tax bill", Jhaveri said.

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"I think that people always act out of self-interest, especially in politics". We are required to pay taxes on that amount plus the value of our health insurance - around $2,680 - resulting in the average student paying around $2,876 in taxes each year.

This tax could radically alter how graduate schools operate. Congress's plan would show graduate students that they aren't a valued part of society, despite the great value they bring, DePauw said.

"We make Duke University what it is", Karklina said. Currently, many graduate students receive free tuition as part of their program, along with stipends they receive for serving as teaching assistants.

The protest was one of three organized by grad students at Penn on the same day.

"Graduate students, who are living on $30,000 a year, $33,000 if they're in the sciences, we're flipping out", Hogan told The Herald. To this end, I want to assure IU faculty, graduate students, staff, and other members of the IU community that our government relations team is working tirelessly here in IN and in Washington to help our representatives understand the implications of this legislation.

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In social sciences, graduate students also get to be teaching assistants for large lectures.

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