Rutgers graduate students join national protest of GOP tax cuts

Posted December 01, 2017

Michael Soto, a University sociology graduate student, said at the march the stipend graduate students receive is "barely manageable".

As experts have concluded, the bill that passed the House - H.R. 1, or the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act - will have serious and far-reaching negative implications for USA higher education.

We will also continue to work closely with organizations like the ACE, AAU and APLU, as well as with our state's congressional delegation, to ensure any bill that ultimately emerges from Washington is less draconian for higher education.

The bill does away with a tax break for students receiving a tuition waiver that certain students receive in exchange for working on research and teaching classes for the university. "So, of course, some college students and graduate students are going to be upset, but you have to weigh the pros and cons here", Eccarius said.

It threatens UNC research programs and burdens campus workers. That's a value of about $13,000 for in-state students and about $20,000 for out-of-state students. Overturning that precedent and taxing waived tuition fees would bump graduate students up several tax brackets.

Peter Weck, a second year physics PhD student at Hopkins, said that were this tax plan to go through, he would have to seriously consider dropping out of his program.

The House of Representatives passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act with support from Rep. Liz Cheney, R-WY.

Among the many ways that the plan increases taxes for many Americans, it will quadruple the tax that graduate students pay, taking a third of our paltry take home pay.

Some people may think of this as a frivolous complaint, but I believe it is actually the opposite. "The general thought is that graduate students are young people in their 20s who spend all day in a lab and aren't going to mount a protest or campaign". Added taxes will mean her debt and its accumulating interest will grow for what will likely be five years before she enters the workforce, she said. "The legislation takes important steps to help more Americans access the education, regardless of where they work - from dramatically simplifying the complex maze of higher education provisions that exist today to strengthening education savings tools".

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If House Republicans get their way, taxes would go up dramatically for graduate students across the country.

Lee asked crowd members to raise their hands if the passage of this tax will prevent them from being able to come back next year.

Many UNC Chapel Hill graduate student workers earn the minimum stipend, $15,700 over 9 months. But whatever the metaphor, there is no doubt that if the tax provision becomes law, it will make it more hard for young innovators to pursue research and impose a stifling effect on discovery. Research carried out at universities, as well as research that graduate students do after they graduate, has transformed every aspect of the world around us. "Coupled with the near doubling of the standardized deduction, students stand to benefit significantly from the proposed tax reform plan".

"Were this benefit to be treated as taxable income, many of our employees would be unable to take advantage".

Students participate in a walk-out at the University of [f500link] Southern [/f500link] California on November 29, 2017.

Unfortunately for married graduate students and those with dependent family members, the situation isn't much better.

Graduate students walked out on campuses across the country to protest the Republican tax plan, although the version now making its way through the U.S. Senate does not contain the tax on graduate student tuition.

Worldwide students might not consider coming to Tech because the cost would increase, she said. Boris said the president should leave the "body of education and the body of public life" alone.

Michael T. Parker is a graduate student of immunobiology at Yale University and Patricia M. Lawston is a postdoc associate at the University of Maryland and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.