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An anti-intellectual attack

posted Dec 1, 2017, 7:15 AM by Ocdp Web

The Journal

Posted on November 30, 2017


Graduate students are normally supplied with a small stipend and a nontaxable tuition waiver to help offset the cost of higher education. Approximately 145,000 graduate students and 27,000 undergraduates nationwide benefit from nontaxable tuition waivers. Graduate students already struggle to make ends meet on stipends of $16,000 to $30,000 — most are less than $20,000. To lose tuition waivers would significantly increase the “on paper” income of these students and even push them into a higher tax bracket. The higher taxes would saddle them with greater hardships and more debt. Furthermore, loss of tuition-based benefits would devastate some graduate education programs by forcing some students to drop out and discouraging others from entering.

The United States cannot afford to allow Republicans to harm graduate students and graduate programs with this tax bill. Graduate students are the nation’s future scientific researchers, educators and other professional leaders. This Republican attempt to impose additional financial burdens on an already strapped, educated population is a harmful anti-intellectual attack on the nation’s university graduate programs and their gifted students. Penalizing those in intellectual pursuits while giving tax breaks to large corporations and the very wealthy is frightening and reprehensible.

Carolyn S. Brown