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Graduate Peers' Schedules

Winter 2016
Peer Advisor Availability

Writing Peer
Kyle Crocco

Mon: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Tue: 10 a.m.-noon
Wed: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Thu: 10 a.m.-noon

Funding Peer
Stephanie Griffin
Mon: 10 a.m.-noon
Wed: noon-2 p.m.

Diversity Peer
Ana Romero

Mon: noon-2 p.m.
Wed: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

The peers sometimes hold events or attend meetings during their regular office hours. To assure you connect with your Graduate Peer Advisor, we encourage you to contact them by email and make an appointment.


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Free Tax Assistance with VITA

UCSB VITAUCSB'S Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is again offering free tax services to individuals and families earning less than $62,000. VITA is currently accepting appointments for this tax season. Appointments will begin on Feb. 5 and continue through Apr. 10.

To book an appointment, email Be sure to check out the "What to Bring" page on their website prior to your appointment. 


The Taxman Cometh: A Short List of Helpful Tax Resources

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Spring is just around the corner, and with the gentle showers and blooming flowers, the season of growth also brings ... the dreaded tax deadline! As your Funding Peer Advisor, I thought I would advise you on how to get some advice on your taxes – forgive the circumlocution but I am certainly not qualified to do more than that.*

So, below is a collection of links with brief descriptions to help you get through tax season, and enjoy the nice spring weather that we all know is coming right around the corner.


One of the first places to recommend is certainly the IRS Help & Resources Page. Or, you can skip straight on through to its Tax Information for Students page.

Intramural Resources (at UCSB)

Here is a list of information and resources offered by Graduate Division on taxes for domestic and international students.

The Office of International Students and Scholars also offers tax assistance for international students.

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program provides free tax assistance to those with moderate to low income (less than $49,000 per year).

Extramural and Independent Advice

Here are some tax tips from the American Psychological Association.

College Confidential has a very useful discussion forum about taxes and tax assistance for students and grad students.

Campus Explorer gives you the lowdown on tax breaks specifically for Master's students.

eHow has some nifty Graduate Student Tax Tips for you, too.

Suite 101 also has an article outlining tax advice, including education credits and tax deductions.

Finally, this is the Beatles' take on the situation, to help lighten the mood.

*Disclaimer: Neither the Graduate Post nor its employees are qualified to advise you on your taxes. In fact some of us need help on our own taxes; that's why resources such as these are so valuable. In the event that your use of a resource leads to a tax audit, an unfavorable return, bad luck, government surveillance, the ire of your peers, or any other negative effect, please refrain from blaming the Graduate Post. We accept no culpability for the production of any negative outcomes. All positive outcomes from this post and resource may certainly be blamed on us. We will still accept no responsibility, but we love to hear your compliments.