Peshawar University students continue to protest for third day

Grad Students Would Be Hit By Massive Tax Hike Under House GOP Plan

About 1 p.m., demonstrators moved to California Hall to deliver a letter to Carol Christ, in which they asked her to ensure that students and workers are not harmed by the Republican tax plan.

Graduate students are now able to teach or research in return for a stipend that goes toward living costs.

Jason Rock earns a stipend of about $25,000 a year for his research assistantship at the University of IL, but almost a third of that would go to Uncle Sam if Congress approves the House version of the GOP tax plan.

In the meantime, hundreds of Virginia Tech graduate students have blown up the phone lines and email inboxes of their representatives in Congress, said Hyler, a biomedical engineering graduate student and president of Tech's Graduate Student Assembly.

The provisions in the House of Representatives' Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which are not included in a separate tax Senate tax bill, would count graduate and professional students' waived tuition as income, allowing it to be taxed.

What this meant for me and my colleagues in physics is that we were teaching without being required to-doing extra work on top of our already challenging research duties. That's a value of about $13,000 for in-state students and about $20,000 for out-of-state students.

"I'm a first-generation college student, so my family doesn't exactly have the money to keep sending me to graduate school or anything", Butler said. In an expensive city like Boston, my current after-tax stipend of $2,600 per month barely covers my rent, food and transportation as it is.

Dunn says the tax bill "discourages students from pursuing a graduate level education and devalues it". Clinton said she is personally concerned for the graduate students who will soon matriculate.

"It'd be nearly a third of your tuition", she said.

"I think it can really be crippling for some", Strietzel said.

Some students held signs at the protest, one reading, "I can't eat tuition credits".

LSU graduate students are sounding the alarm, saying the tax reform bill passed by the U.S. House before Thanksgiving could lead to a "brain drain" in Louisiana.

"While they will not lose the benefit, they will have to pay a hefty tax on income they don't actually see in their paycheck". House and Senate leaders say they aim to reach a consensus on a tax plan by the end of the year.

"Congress gave our research enterprise a strong vote of confidence this year with increased funding for agencies like the National Institutes of Health, but that funding relies on universities and graduate students to carry out those grants", UNC System President Margaret Spellings said in a statement.

"Tax reform is a work in progress". As an global student from a country whose labor law is now being dismantled, I understand how important it is that workers have their rights protected. The Senate's version of the bill - which does not now include the provision reclassifying tuition waivers - was approved Tuesday by the Senate Budget Committee, which is chaired by Sen. As an independent union, we will take the power that we have obtained for organizing to take matters into our own hands and continue to make life better for graduate students at Wash.

"The struggle I am having on this issue is this: if the tuition waiver is merely a way to package financial aid, I understand the concern, and there are other ways to package financial aid".

The new provision will not be put into effect for graduate students at the School of Medicine, as their tuition waivers are not tied to employment.

"It's not just graduate tuition that's going to be taxed, but it's also going to be interest on student loans", Schwartz said.

Global students might not consider coming to Tech because the cost would increase, she said.

Scott Olson, UE Local 896/COGS labor solidarity committee chair, said because of the high cost of higher education, it's possible that only people from wealthy families might be able to pay for the cost in the future.

"It would mean I would either have to get a job, several other jobs, or drop out of grad school", Jess Issacharoff said.

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