All F and J visa holders must file appropriate U.S. tax forms. It is each student’s responsibility to file and, if necessary, pay taxes for each calendar year that they are present in the United States. Earlham College provides tax preparation software (Glacier and Sprintax) to assist with this process.
Any scholarships in excess of tuition and fees, or funds received by students that are not for tuition, might be considered taxable income by federal, state, and local governments. Additionally, any earned income may be taxable.
Taxation rates can vary greatly from student to student and depend on a number of factors. Past students have had to pay taxes of 0% - 30% on taxable income. This is an approximation and individual taxation amount will vary.
In some cases, the college is required to withhold estimated federal taxes from payments made directly to students and to send that money to the U.S. government. Students are responsible for paying any additional federal taxes due at the time they file a federal tax return. The college cannot withhold state or local taxes, so students are responsible for paying the full amount of state and local taxes due at the time they file a state tax return.
College employees are not qualified tax experts, so they are legally restricted from giving tax advice. If you have questions or concerns about your taxes or about how much tax you might potentially have to pay, please contact a tax expert (e.g. H&R Block, private tax service providers, or a tax attorney).