Missouri task force recommends higher graduate student pay
COLUMBIA (AP) — A task force at the University of Missouri is recommending making improvements for graduate students, including higher pay.
The Columbia Daily Tribune reports the task force's recommendations include raising graduate student stipends and improving their access to housing and childcare. Graduate students have been asking for the changes throughout the school year.
The task force was formed by the university last spring and was charged to look into long-term options. Graduate assistants get a stipend in exchange for their research and teaching for the university.
University administrators told graduate assistants in August that health insurance subsidies would no longer be offered because of an IRS interpretation of the Affordable Care Act. The university went back on that plan after getting backlash.