As you are likely aware, the U.S. House of Representatives has passed its version of a tax bill called the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The House version of this bill proposes taxation of tuition waivers, in addition to other proposed measures, that would impact opportunities for affordable and accessible graduate education at Michigan and across the country. The action by the House is only an early step in the legislative process before tax reform would become law.
Rackham Graduate School is dedicated to the proposition that Rackham students can advance research and scholarship for the benefit of our nation both today and in the future by pursuing their studies with financial support that can include fellowships and assistantships. We are closely tracking developments to assess how and if the proposed tax reforms change, and we will continue to provide updates as they become available.
In the meantime, I encourage you to visit this Key Issues page from U-M Public Affairs to learn details about the proposed changes and how, if you wish, you can express your views on them to your elected representatives.