Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Gop Tax Bill Will Discourage Graduate Education

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Gop Tax Bill Will Discourage Graduate Education

Article excerpt

The Republican tax bill is akin to a suspenseful novel with hidden horrors lurking on every page. At first glance, the bill was good old-fashioned conservative politics: tax cuts for businesses and the middle class intended to stimulate the economy. However, diving a bit deeper, more and more sinister provisions continue to emerge.

One seemingly small, yet vital, provision is the tax bill's assault on graduate STEM education. The proposal is to tax graduate student tuition as income.

Although graduate students are technically "students," graduate education is treated as a five-year or longer apprenticeship where universities cover the cost of tuition and students receive a small stipend. From an accounting perspective, the student never touches the tuition money and relies on the stipend to cover food and rent. …

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