Proposed Tax Reform Negatively Impacts Private Higher Education

Those who keep abreast of political news may be following the tax reform legislation under construction currently.  We are monitoring the situation closely because of the current legislation in Congress (the Senate’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and H.R. 1 in the House of Representatives).  Both bills have serious implications for higher education institutions. At this writing, both bills have passed in their respective chambers.  It may be possible to change the final version of the law during the Conference process when the House and Senate versions are reconciled with each other. Here are proposed changes to tax law that could have serious negative consequences for higher education institutions: Student Loan Interest – The current $2,500 student loan interest deduction would be eliminated. Result:  Student loans become more difficult to repay. Charitable Giving – The standard deduction would effectively be doubled, significantly reducing the value of the charitable deduction. This

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Spiritual Life on Campus – Chapel

If you utilize social media sites (i.e. Facebook, Twitter) or visit national news sites, you will most likely agree that we are living in a rapidly changing and politically super-charged day. Our residential students are also engaged in social media and, for most, their days at IWU are the first where they find themselves interacting with the world from outside the umbrella of parental oversight. Knowing how pivotal college is for young adults, we at IWU are very intentional about our time together – both in the classroom, as well as every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning when our Marion IWU community meets together for chapel. It is our time to worship, encourage, nurture, as well as stretch our student’s hearts and minds towards a deeper life in Christ. I’ve known our Dean of Chapel, the Rev. Dr. John Bray, for many years. Before coming to serve as Dean of

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