The tax bills passed by the House and Senate would seriously hurt not just higher education but students and their families.

Going to college and then sometimes on to graduate and professional schools are the ways many Americans achieve upward mobility or the American Dream.

The bill(s) as presently written would do a number of things that would hurt middle and working class students.

For example, the life-long learning credit which allows adults to retrain for new jobs or skills upgrades would be repealed.

Families that are not rich enough to pay college costs out of pocket would lose their ability to deduct interest on students loans from their income tax.

Ambitious students who need graduate or professional degrees would find themselves paying taxes on tuition grants.

This would mean only the rich could realistically contemplate careers that demand post graduate training. ...

— Barbara McGowan

810 Metomen St.

To read the entire letter, see the Dec. 21, 2107 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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