The Republican tax bill saves grad students’ tuition benefits

The final draft of the Republican tax bill kills a proposed tax on tuition waivers. It is a big win for grad and PhD students, and higher ed advocates who opposed the measure. House Republicans’ tax bill included a provision that would count tuition waived by universities as taxable income, meaning that graduate students could be on the hook for thousands of dollars more in taxes each year. Approximately 145,000 graduate students could have been affected by the measure. Student groups held rallies and info sessions on campus, blasted the bill on social media, mailed postcards and letters to lawmakers, and hounded Capitol Hill offices with phone calls. And on November 29, students organized a walkout at about 60 universities to protest the measure.

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by Jen Kirby, Vox News.

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