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Graduate Coordinator Network Meeting Minutes
February 25, 2014

Announcement
Election time is coming – if you are interested in serving on the Executive Council, please let Kimberly Terry (President) or one of the other current officers know.  The next EC meeting will be held March 6 at 9:30 a.m. in room 1.106 of the SAC.  All are welcome to attend.

Thank you to the College of Natural Sciences for our refreshments!

Dr. Tom Melecki, Director of Student Financial Services, and Sonje Johnson, Assistant Director, spoke about how fellowships affect financial aid awards.  If you need assistance, please call Sonje at 512.475.6202 or e-mail her at sonje.johnson@austin.utexas.edu

It is very helpful to staff in Student Financial Services if you post notes on the FRMS form if money is to be used for professional development activities.  This should prevent the money from being used against the student’s need limits.  Their power point presentation was e-mailed to us.

Genevieve Countryman, Tax Coordinator and Financial Aid Advisor for International Services, talked about tax services offered to International Students.  Her e-mail is gcountryman@austin.utexas.edu  The web address for the International Office is www.world.utexas.edu/isss   Over 100 tax answers are available on their website under “ask US.”

Do not direct international students to Turbo Tax.  Non-resident aliens should use the Glacier Tax Prep software which is available through the International Office.  Tax advising is available March 3 – April 14 between 4:45 and 6 p.m.  An appointment is needed.   Her power point presentation was e-mailed to us.

Linda Paulson, Tax Services Manager for Community Tax Centers, spoke about their free programs.  They are open 7 days a week from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Three possible benefits for graduate students are as follows:

  1. May be eligible for tuition and fees deduction
  2. May be eligible for student loan interest adjustment
  3. May be eligible for a tax credit (lifetime learning credit of up to $2000)

Amy Greenspan from Student Employment Services reminded us that the SEED program is open to graduate students.

Michelle Broadway, Graduate School Assistant Dean, discussed the recent roll out of GSIS reports.  Feedback is appreciated.  Please submit any updated placement information to Rebecca Silva in the Graduate School.

Pat Ellison, Associate Director of Admissions/Assistant Dean, updated us on Graduate Admissions. 

As of February 25, 2014:

Respectfully submitted,

Sherry Melecki
Recorder

 

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