Snigdha Kumar left her home country of India to pursue a Ph.D. in sociology at the University of Minnesota.
Kumar wanted to research poverty in India, and knew she’d be able to study internationally without financial pressure because of tuition waivers she’d receive in exchange for her work.
"If the tuition waiver doesn't exist, you can't [afford] to study here,” she said.
But the financial relief tuition waivers offer graduate students like Kumar could be cut if a tax plan sponsored by U.S. House Republicans moves forward. Under the proposed plan, tuition waivers would be taxed as income. The bill has raised alarms in the University of Minnesota graduate student community and higher education circles nationwide.