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Sign the Petition: Stop the Tax Bill

The big looming decision in Washington D.C. right now is on tax reform. President Trump and the GOP have made it a priority to push forward comprehensive tax reform. Both the House and Senate have recently unveiled their tax reform plans, which include several provisions that could increase the tax burden on students and hinder access and affordability of public higher education. The House plan passed, but there is still time for us to mobilize to stop the plan in the Senate. The bill would eliminate the deduction for student loan interest, eliminate the exemption on tuition waivers and repeal several tax credits that help students and families afford college.

The House plans to vote on H.R. 1 this week, so the time to take action is NOW!

1) Call your Federal Representatives
2) Sign ​t​his Petition
3) Spread the word on Social Media​

Sign the petition below to tell your legislators to #ReworkTheReform!

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Other Ways to Take Action Now


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The tax plan passed the House but still needs to be stopped in the Senate. Follow the steps below and voice your concerns. For your convenience, we also have included the contact information of some relevant legislators.

  • Find who your US Senate representatives are – both at college and at home – https://callyourrep.co/.
  • Call their office. You will be connected with one of their staff members.
  • Tell them your name, ZIP code, and that you are a full time undergraduate/graduate student at your UC campus.
  • Share your opinion on tax reform. Here’s a sample script on what to say…
    “Hello! My name is [___] and I’m calling from [zip code]. I’m calling to ask Representative [Name] to oppose the tax reform plan. I am a full time undergraduate/graduate student, and the current plan would greatly hurt my family and I. The bill would eliminate the deduction for student loan interest payments, eliminate the exemption on tuition waivers, and repeal several key tax credits that help my family and I afford college. As a student, I already struggle to make ends meet. To be clear, this is plan is not a tax cut for me – it’s an increase. Please take down my information so that you can let me know what Senator [Name] is doing to stop this plan from going forward.”
Other relevant legislators you can call:
Senate Finance Committee
Republicans (Majority)
  • Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Chair
  • Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX)
  • Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC)
  • Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH)
  • Sen. Patrick Toomey (R-PA)
Democrats (Minority)
  • Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), Ranking Member
  • Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)
  • Maria Cantwell (D-WA)
  • Robert Menendez (D-NJ)
  • Sherrod Brown (D-OH)
  • Robert Casey, Jr. (D-PA)
  • Mark Warner (D-VA)
Leadership and Other Relevant Legislators
  • Rep. Paul Ryan (WI-1), Speaker of the House
  • Rep. Nancy Pelosi (CA-12), House Minority Leader
  • Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Senate Majority Leader
  • Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Senate Minority Leader
  • Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), Senate Assistant Minority Leader

Grade The UC Regents

The UC Board of Regents meets every other month to make critical decisions about the UC system, its governance, and finances. UC Regents should be accountable to student concerns, which is why UCSA will be tracking the votes, policy issue engagement, and activities of each Regent over the next year and publicly grading their response… Continue Reading

The Student Experience During the Trump Era

UCSA is conducting interviews to capture the experiences of underrepresented UC students living first hand through the new Trump administration. Through these in-depth interviews, we hope to provide a detailed, intersectional look into the student experience under a national polarizing political climate. We seek to determine if feelings of marginalization, vulnerability, and or resiliency by… Continue Reading

Financial Aid Experience Survey

UCSA is collecting data to share with the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) regarding UC students’ financial aid experience. This survey is anonymous. CSAC is the principal state agency responsible for administering financial aid programs for students in California. Its central mission is to make education beyond high school financially accessible to all Californians. This… Continue Reading

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