SAGE Coalition Action Alert

US House of Representatives Introduces Bill Making Fellowships, Stipends, and Loans Non-Taxable

Call or Write Your House Members and Urge Them to Support H.R. 5078, the “Higher Education Affordability and Equity Act of 2010.”

This past week, Congress introduced a bill to save you a SIGNIFICANT amount of money, by making room and board non-taxable income. SAGE Coalition needs YOUR help in making the bill a reality. Contact your House members and urge them to support H.R. 5078, the “Higher Education Affordability and Equity Act of 2010.”

  • Email: Click Here to send an e-mail to your House member (service provided by the House of Representatives)
  • Phone: Click here to find contact information for your House member. You will be prompted to enter your zip code. You can also reach your Representative through the Capitol switchboard at (202) 255-3121

SAGE Coalition has prioritized the issue of taxation of fellowships as part of its agenda for the 2009-2010 year, and lobbied for this change during its April 2010 Washington summit. As our White Paper on the Taxation of Fellowships and Scholarships states, the current tax code “places an unfair financial burden on graduate students, whose fellowship packages do not take into account the net loss of taxable income, and has a direct impact on the affordability of graduate education.” H.R. 5078 is a bi-partisan effort that emerged from the House Ways and Means Committee, and House Education and Labor Committee.

See the full text of H.R. 5078 and read the SAGE Coalition White Paper on Taxation of Fellowships and Scholarships at

If you have any questions contact Alberto M. Ortega ( Please also visit our website: General questions about SAGE can be directed to:

SAGE is a national graduate student coalition comprised of public universities, members of both the Association of American Universities (AAU) and the American Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU). SAGE serves as an advocate and a network for graduate students at public institutions aiming to empower graduate students to meet the challenges of graduate education and to form partnerships across universities.


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