Graduate Students

To Make Do, These Ph.D. Students Share Bills and a Bank Account

By Vimal Patel

D.L. Anderson for The Chronicle
Karim Wissa (far left), one of the founders of a graduate-student financial collective at Duke U., talks with other members. "It’s a better way to live your life," he says of sharing funds.

More than half a dozen Ph.D. students sat cross-legged in a circle on the grass here at Duke University last month, holding copies of their bank statements.

They had gathered to review their finances and to figure out how, together, they might pay f...

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