The discussion over U.S. tax bill has been heated in Twitter. According to the latest news, grad students will not have to pay taxes on their tuition assistance. I'm glad things turned out that way!
However, this discussion brought up some important aspects of financing one's studies. So let's talk about money.
Finland recently turned 100 years and I'm hugely proud of my home country when it comes to free education for all. Did you know that Finland has no tuition fees even at university level? (Starting from 2017 there have been some fees for foreign students, though...) I actually got approximately 500€/month to support myself while BSc and MSc studies. As a grad student, my salary is formed by grants that are usually 24k/year. After some compulsory payments, that leaves a monthly income of about 1500€. Note that living in Finland is not very cheap, but that money is enough to get by, quite nicely even if you have no children.
Coming from a low/intermediate income family, I don't think I could've studied in uni if it wasn't like this -if I hadn't been born to Finland. For example when I plan a trip to an expensive conference, it's sometimes painful to recall that not all have the same opportunities. I can only take my hat off to those who take big student loans and work part-time to fund their own education.
It's not all about the money, but...money does affect personal decisions about pursuing a career in science as well as many practical things once you're an established researcher. This is why I believe it should be discussed openly.
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