Tax Reform & Tuition

November 8, 2017


Dear Graduate Students,


I write to update you on the proposed Republican tax bill introduced in the US House of Representatives late last week H. R. 1 (115th): Tax Cuts and Job Act. Over the past few days, many students and faculty have expressed concern about the provision calling for a tax on tuition scholarships. I share your concern and believe this specific provision threatens the funding structure of graduate education.


Collectively, the Graduate School, Washington University senior leadership, and the University’s Office of Government and Community Relations are engaged in an analysis of the implications of the proposed bill in its current form as well as advocacy efforts with elected officials to amend and/or reject the problematic provisions.


We engage this matter with an understanding of its potential negative impact and are responding accordingly. 




William F. Tate IV

Dean and Vice Provost for Graduate Education

Edward Mallinckrodt Distinguished University Professor in Arts & Sciences


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            Faculty in Arts & Sciences

            Directors of Graduate Study