Statement from President Christopher L. Eisgruber (12/4/17):
We share the concerns expressed by our graduate students regarding the provision in H.R.1 that would subject tuition waivers to taxation. This provision is not in the bill that passed the Senate, but if it were enacted into law, it would impose a tax that graduate students cannot afford to pay and would severely harm graduate education throughout the United States.
Preserving the tuition remission exemption is a top priority for Princeton. We have been and will continue to work vigorously and in concert with other universities and educational associations to achieve that goal.
If the tax were to be enacted, we would take steps to ensure the well-being of Princeton’s graduate students and to minimize the damage to graduate education at Princeton. Our graduate students are important to us, and we will support them so that they can pursue their studies, careers, and aspirations successfully. There can be no doubt, however, that this ill-conceived and counter-productive tax would not only impose significant costs on graduate programs here and elsewhere, but also do serious damage to the scope and quality of graduate education in our nation.