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Univ. of OR graduate students join National Walkout

01 Декабря 2017

"The Senate version of the bill does not include some of the provisions affecting students found in the House version, but it does contain other policy changes that continue to be a concern for many of us in higher education.As a University, we continue to monitor closely this important legislation and pledge to continue to engage with members of Congress and various higher education advocacy groups".

Scenes like these played out across the U.S. on Wednesday, as hundreds of graduate students walked out in protest of the House Republican tax plan. The calculator allows concerned PhD students to estimate the amount of tax they will pay if the current House proposal is enacted. But as most students now know from their newsfeeds and social media networks, the elimination of tuition waivers under the House (but not the Senate) version of the plan, resulting in the treatment of these funds as taxable income, may be the most alarming adjustment. "It would be a really significant cut in my income".

It disincentivizes the enrollment of graduate students, who perform much of the teaching labor on campus, and it therefore endangers the university's ability to function. "Tax the rich - not the students", protesters chanted.

It is a common misconception that grad students aren't actually working for the university, Gillespie claimed. At some private universities, tuition fees could stretch up to heights of over US$50,000 per year - an insurmountable sum of money for many.

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"The Council of Alberta University Students thanks the government for freezing tuition while ensuring institutions are funded appropriately so that budgeting restraints do not impact students", Larson said. For this student, the largest increase in ETR under the House plan was 18.1 percent, mostly because their income is low enough that under previous historical tax structures they paid very little.

The president of the Graduate Teaching Fellow Federation said most of the students work 40 to 80 hours a week.

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

The freeze means students will save approximately $1,500 over four year sin tuition costs, according to the news release. Families experience smaller increases than singles, albeit not insignificant, on the order of $2,500 to $3,500 in additional taxes per year. I never see that money because it's a tuition waiver...but [under this bill] I would be taxed as though I have an income of $70,000 to $85,000 a year, as opposed to my actual income of $26,000. In fact, the House plan with tuition waivers or the Senate plan, which has tuition waivers built in, reduced taxes across the board as compared to historical tax structures. "By not, for a few minutes, doing the work that we normally do, we can show what an essential part of the system we are".

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Univ. of OR graduate students join National Walkout