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How will the current tax reform bills affect graduate students?

Just a few weeks ago, I was writing up this budgeting post to see if I could provide tips to other graduate students on how to stretch their stipend to cover their cost of living. The post was published right before the House of Representatives (House) and Senate passed their respective versions of tax reform bills. If you’re like me and haven’t taken a U.S.


The views expressed in this post are the author’s and do not necessarily reflect those of Rackham Graduate School or the University of Michigan.

Starting a Monthly Budget

Want to create a monthly budget but don’t know where to start? Hopefully I can give you some ideas by recounting how I came up with my monthly budget.

My graduate school stipend is the first time in my life I’ve had a consistent monthly income that I have to live off of. I found myself in a situation where I needed a monthly budget but didn’t know how to come up with one.

Staying Productive While Off-Campus: Online Resources

I’m spending this academic year in Athens, Greece. (Why yes, you should be envious.) It’s easy to get distracted from work, but here are some tools that help me continue my research as usual even when off-campus.

The U-M Virtual Private Network (VPN). The U-M VPN connects your computer to the university’s network, both helping keep your connection secure and allowing you to use any web-based resources just like you would on the U-M campus. Since the VPN connects you to a U.S.-based network, it also allows you to access resources that are only available in the U.S. when you are abroad. Click here for more information.

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