UL Lafayette graduate students fear GOP tax plan

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"Students are pleased to see that the government is committed to addressing financial barriers to a post-secondary education", Reed Larsen, VP External of the University of Alberta Students' Union and Chair of the Council of Alberta University Students (CAUS), said in a press release.

The movement has also partnered with Save Grad Ed, a consortium of students from six universities who will be forced to withdrawal from their universities as a result of the bill, according to their site. Invest in the future.

A provision of the GOP tax plan would count tuition waivers and teaching stipends for graduate students as taxable income.

For example, if a student works in a university research lab and receives tuition assistance in exchange, he or she would have to claim that assistance as income and pay taxes on it.

"That's going to affect my livelihood", said Sabrina Tabassum-Tackett, Graduate Student.

The Campaign to Organize Graduate Students and University of Iowa students and faculty members gathered on the Pentacrest to protest the proposed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on Wednesday.

English Department Graduate Chair David Eng said the GOP tax bill and the immigration stances of the Trump administration are discouraging worldwide students from pursuing graduate studies in the United States.

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The provincial government has announced its tuition freeze for post-secondary students has been extended for another year. "This is not a living wage in the Boston area".

By our calculations, for the public university student, the maximum increases in TTO were $1,826 for a single filer with one child, $3,373 for a married couple, and $2,168 for a married couple with one child. She says higher taxes would strain her budget.

Graduate students have warned that such a provision - which was written into the bill that passed the House this month - would significantly impact their finances and possibly hinder their ability to complete their degrees and pursue careers in academia.

Many grad students are already living at or below the poverty line, with reports that many can not afford groceries without food stamps. If you or your kids are still paying off student loans, the house version of the bill would eliminate the deduction you're allowed while paying off the interest on those loans. However, it is now not part of the bill under consideration in the U.S. Senate.

Beyond the direct effects, Simmons also sees a larger tension ahead if the bill's tax cuts further a two-decade-long squeeze of federal discretionary spending.

Implementing the tuition tax would "essentially push graduate programs back to a 19th-century model of higher education in which only the rich could go on to higher education", UC Berkeley Professor Wendy Brown said, speaking to KQED News.

The Senate bill now does include the proposed excise tax on university endowments and the elimination of deductions for some athletic department contributions. As USC Professor David Schwartz added: "Doing this is just a mean-spirited attack on higher education".

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