Dear CAMWS members,
I am writing on behalf of the CAMWS Executive Committee to alert you to a recent message circulated by the National Humanities Alliance about the impact of the new tax reform bill on our graduate students. It proposes to treat tuition waivers for graduate students as taxable income. Given the high cost of tuition, this plan will put graduate school out of reach for many of current students. I urge you to follow the links below to inform yourself about the plan and to send a message to Congress. Let’s make sure future graduate students will be able to pursue and share their passion for classical antiquity!
With warm regards,
Laura McClure, President, Classical Association of the Middle West and South
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From: National Humanities Alliance <email@example.com>
Subject: Take Action to Keep Graduate Education Affordable!
Date: November 7, 2017 at 10:40:07 AM CST
To: CAMWS President <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The tax reform bill released by Congress last week would treat tuition waivers for graduate students as taxable income, increasing their tax liability.
Taxing students on a full year’s tuition—money they never see—would make graduate school unaffordable to many, including graduate students in the humanities. This would seriously deplete future generations of scholars and leaders.
Training graduate students in a wide range of fields is an investment in the future of our nation. Their graduate training gives them the tools to help us grapple with our biggest challenges and generate new ideas that improve our quality of life.
Learn more about the proposal to tax tuition waivers here.
This change is one of several that would affect higher education institutions and students. Read the American Council on Education’s analysis of the full impact of the bill here.
Thank you for your advocacy!National Humanities Alliance