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Univ. of OR graduate students join National Walkout

30 Novembre 2017

In exchange for teaching courses or teaming up with professors on research projects, universities don't charge many Ph.D. students tuition, and give them modest stipends.

"Let's say they got $40,000 of tuition waived in a year that could mean thousands maybe 10,000 maybe more maybe less of additional tax they would have to pay that they would have to come up some way", Douglas McDonald, an accountant, told Fox 9.

Students never see that money, however, and the notion of taxing it was nearly unheard of until recently. The Senate version moving this week appears to preserve current tax benefits to students and institutions, but other provisions-specifically the repeal of the state and local tax (SALT) deduction, unfair changes to the tax provisions on college and university business income that no for-profit business would accept, and the disallowance of advance refunding of tax-exempt bonds that significant reduces construction costs-erode the financial stability of our colleges and universities.

"It would be impossible to go to graduate school and I don't know if I could do that plan anymore", says Banuelos.

The House tax plan could also affect private giving to universities, an increasingly important source of revenue for the UI, officials said. "A lot of students are living on the very low stipends that graduate students receive, which is an average of about $18,000 a year for grad students across the country".

In response, Thorp said that Washington University must be mindful of an applicant's ability to pay the full or reduced cost of attendance in the admissions process. That, coupled with the increased tax burden, would have "a hugely detrimental effect on our student populations here".

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. Under the House plan, that would jump to 23 percent.

"I'm originally from Montreal". If that is something that interests you, more information is available at the American Council on Education website, including a portal to take action with Congress. It was one of many walkouts organized across the country.

In a short speech during Wednesday's rally, state Sen. Our graduate students will complete their education at the UO and go off to careers in academia, the professions, and industry.

"It would send a message to our grad students that is unacceptable", DePauw said. The bill is now under consideration by the Senate.

Attendees also argued that the tuition remissions awarded to graduate students are earned by contributing to the University, and that taxing these would have negative repercussions not just for students, but for the broader University community as well.

"The university as a whole, I don't think has come out and said 'this is not a good thing.' The fact there's not that much support as of yet for graduate students in this tax situation is really disconcerting for me", Wiebe said.

"We're here to say that we're done with subsidizing the rich", Skarha said to the crowd. Once the Senate bill passes, lawmakers will have to reach an agreement for a final bill.

In 2018, Congress will turn its focus to infrastructure spending and immigration reform to top the legislative agenda, and the kinds of initiatives the administration is backing should then take growth to about 3 percent. Carney said in order for something to change, the University must stand up against the proposed tax changes for the sake of future higher education.

Harding said she attended the work-in because, if the bill passes the Senate, she would experience a $5,000 tax increase that would make it very hard for her to save money with her $31,000 stipend. "I'm already one-fourth of the way through and if this passes, basically I'm just gonna have to call it quits", explains Chapman. According to Politico, only 60 to 70 schools meet those criteria. Worldwide students pay higher tuition than domestic students, so their waivers have the highest value. Without explicitly stating his position on the bill - or the stance of the university - McCulloh linked to a statement from the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, which describes the bill as "madness."

Univ. of OR graduate students join National Walkout