Office of the Provost

Graduate Student Advocacy Resources

The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives are currently considering new tax plans that include a number of provisions related to higher education and graduate students specifically.

The University of Pittsburgh strongly opposes these provisions, which propose to:

  • eliminate the deduction of interest on student loans;
  • tax graduate student tuition waivers;
  • tax tuition assistance for employees and dependents;
  • and tax certain university endowments.

These prospective changes are detrimental to our students, faculty, staff and their families. In addition, they have the potential to destabilize Pitt’s world-class research program. Leaders from throughout the higher education community—including at Pitt—have voiced their concerns to Congress.

You, too, can make your voice heard on this important issue.

Learn more on this page about how the plan could effect graduate students, how to get involved, and consider using the form on the right to contact your elected officials and help us protect and preserve the University of Pittsburgh’s mission to leverage knowledge for society’s gain.


November 27, 2017: A Message from the Graduate and Professional Student Government (PDF)

November 22, 2017: Update on the Proposed Graduate Student Tax sent to Graduate Faculty from Nathan Urban  

November 21, 2017: Update on U.S. Tax Reform Legislation from Nathan Urban, Vice Provost for Vice Provost for Graduate Studies and Strategic Initiatives

November 16, 2017: Taxing graduate scholarships would threaten U.S. progress, op-ed by Nathan Urban

Upcoming Events

Advocacy for Graduate Students Workshop

Thursday, November 30, 4:00-5:00pm
Dining Room B in the William Pitt Union

This workshop will focus on ways that graduate students can be involved in both state and federal levels. Nathan Urban will discuss the status of the tax reform bills.

Open Forum on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Hosted by GPSG

Wednesday, December 6, 4:00pm 
Kurtzman Room of the William Pitt Union

The event will feature Nathan Urban, Vice Provost of Graduate Studies, and Mike Ringler, Director of Federal Relation at the University of Pittsburgh, and a Q&A session.

Register here.

Past Events

National Call Day

Wednesday, November 29th, 2:00-5:00pm
Panera Bread (3800 Forbes Ave)

Graduate and Professional Student Government's Government Relations Committee will be at Panera Bread from 2-5pm distributing information and making phone calls as part of NAGPS's National Call Day to #ReworkTheReform. Please join us in calling our Senators and Representatives to let them know that the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is unacceptable and detrimental to graduate education.

Free food will be available while supplies last.

Open Meeting on Advocacy with Nathan Urban and Mike Ringler, the University’s Senior Director for Federal Relations

Thursday, November 16
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