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Graduate Award Process – Notes



    • All offer letters are sent out, returned through this account
    • All tuition remission forms are sent out through this account


    ***Person taking over will need to request access to the following folder in G-drive: G:\AS\phy\#private\Graduate Awards

 Important Contacts:

      • Graduate Awards general inbox:
      • ALL signed TA letters and their corresponding tuition remission forms get sent to this email address for processing
      • ALL signed RA letters on DEPARTMENTAL accounts and their corresponding tuition remission forms get sent to this email address for processing
      • Sponsored Accounting general inbox:
      • ALL signed RA letters on SPONSORED accounts and their corresponding tuition remission forms get sent to this email address AND for processing
      • Marrika Flowers-Dorsey:; x2298 (Graduate Awards Coordinator)
      • Ellen Hobbs:, x1701 (Graduate Awards manager)




TA Award Process



Ross confirms TA offers and terms of support:

    • All potential offers must go through the College first for approval before any offers can be sent to applicants.
    • All info is entered into
  • AY18-19 support spreadsheet
  • “1.0” in RED implies it is a drafted plan – only those in BLACK are confirmed or in process of being confirmed.
    • the hiring sheet spreadsheet
    • Once a TA is
  • confirmed
    • approved, the process is:
  1. List it in spreadsheet
  2. Add data into mail-merge list, if using. If not, skip to 3.
  3. Generate TA letter filling in all required fields. Adjust as needed if not using mail merge file.
  4. Print TA letter to PDF.
  5. Send in email from PGA account with due date clearly listed in body of email. Include attachments related to GA benefits and responsibilities, EVS document, and insurance info (last one only once available). See prior emails sent from pga mailbox for samples.
  6. When student returns, note it in the department spreadsheet. Then:
    1. Generate tuition remission form to match support info from PI and BM.
    2. Send copy of signed page + tuition remission form to gradawd@syr.eduIf system allows, iJAN payroll info for term.



  • Planning letters:
    • AY18AY20-19 salary 21salary info
      • If it is a full-TA for full academic year: $25$26,0000 010.00 (Aug 16-May 15) = 18 semi-pays of $1388$1,445.88900
      • only one term: Salary = $12$13,500005.00 = 9 Semi-Pays of $1388$1,445.88900
  • you can even have half-TAs for one semester, which would mean 10 hrs/wk for 9 semi-pays ($694$722.444 50 per pay = $6250$6502.50)
  • To determine tuition student will receive:
    • I have listed all tuition needs I am aware of in the “AY2018-2019 Support Spreadsheet” for each of our students
    • When in doubt, consult the student and/or their academic advisor for their tuition needs before making the offer
    • Note: for summer, tuition is awarded through their Fall and Spring awards. So someone with a fall-only award, for instance, can get 12 credits of tuition in the form of 9 Fall, 3 summer if they prefer.
    • See department rules for more details about how tuition is awarded. Awards can be up to 24 credits per year for GAs, with amount per term given not to exceed what they need to fulfill program requirements. So if John Smith needs 6 credits more to be done, he shouldn’t be awarded more than 6 credits. 
  • To determine the number of HOURS the student will work each week (when in doubt, confirm with Prof. Catterall):


  • Full-TAS will work 20hrs/week
  • Half- TAs will work 10hrs/week
  • Start & end dates:
    • Full AY: Aug 16 – May 15
    • Fall only: Aug 16 – Dec 31
    • Spring only: Jan 1 – May 15
  • PAYROLL Start & end dates, in terms listing when checks will be received in letters
    • Full AY: Aug 31 – May 15
    • Fall only: Aug 31 – Dec 31
    • Spring only: Jan 15 – May 15
    • Number of pays per term: 9, full AY = 18
  • Response Date required for any TA, RA offer (technically): offer date + 15 days


  • Preparing TA Letters (Mail-Merge option)




  • Naming convention: SUID LASTNAME TA.L
  • Sample: 654276996 Long TA.L – SPRING

(all of this will be gone over in training, if time permits)

**If you would prefer to hand-enter in the info as opposed to using the mail-merge, you can still use the same templates but be careful to “save as” after replacing the merge fields so no information gets carried over via the mail-merge document.


  • Mailing the TA offers:
    • Using the “pga” mailbox, open a new email.
    • In subject, list something along the lines of “TA offer for Academic Year 18-19”
    • You can feel free to follow the template of other letters I’ve sent from the PGA mailbox for the body. Make sure the due date is clearly stated. Tuition can be changed later with an adjustment petition should the student want to.
    • Mark the email as “!” (important)
    • Attach PDF offer letter along with :





  • Naming convention requested to be used by grad school in 2014, and we’ve always follower sense that time: “SUID LAST NAME S.TA.L” <<< with “S.TA” implying “SIGNED”




  • Preparing TA Tuition remission forms


  1. Fill in date, name, SUID, salary, tuition amount (spring and summer) and hours on the form
  2. In comments:
  • List any details that would be relevant to processor, ie, specify clearly if it is a fall or spring only award, if it is a half TA instead of a full, if there is no tuition – I always list it. No exact rules, just whatever might be helpful to Marrika for processing.
  1. Save as:


  1. .


  • I recommend you save in WORD and PDF form. The PDF will be the one you submit, but in case you need to make adjustments I found it easy to have both handy.


  • Attach signature page in pdf form + PDF form of corresponding sponsored tuition remission form (AKA “rec”)
  • Subject: AY18AY20-19 21 Returning TA Acceptance: Name
  • Simple message in the email body is all that is needed, but Marrika asked to include name, SUID, and brief summary of award. See samples from PGA phyacademics mailbox if you want more guidance.





RA Award Process

RA awards get confirmed by faculty/PI who plan on supporting the students. They need to confirm, through the hiring form, the following:

  1. Project
  2. Duration of support (Fall and/or spring, full or half TA, etc).
  3. Location of support
    Then, Patti Ford
    • Hiring form sent to phybudget (cc: phyacademics)
    •  Budget Manager needs to give the okay to process.
  • She checks
    • They check to make sure there is enough funding on the project they are funding from.
      • If the project end date is BEFORE the end of the support term
  • then you also need to ask Patti Ford for approval to
      • , put the project on salary holding (11-00014) before proceeding.
  • There is a color code on the AY18-19 support spreadsheet for the steps in the process of confirmations from faculty, Patti, etc. But that is where the final department records are stored.
      • Planning for letters:
        • Process is same as TAs, once you have support dates+hours from faculty.
  • Tuition is already listed in the spreadsheet for almost all students in AY18-19.


  • Preparing RA Letters (Mail-Merge option)
    • Same mail-merge file as TA, different sheet on bottom for RA letters.
    • Add new line at the end of the list (Note: I’ve separated them into fund-11 and fund 13s for ease of letter preparation, since the merge templates used will be different)
    • The letter you use for RA offers matter. There are templates for
      • RAs on departmental (11) projects with tuition award
      • RAs on department (11) projects with no tuition award (ABD)
      • RAs on sponsored (13) projects with tuition award
      • RAs on sponsored (13) projects with no tuition award (ABD)
  • Complete the mailmerge just like TA letters.
  • Look over to ensure information entered in looks correct. It pulls it from the excel document you previously completed. If it looks good, save as a PDF:
    • Naming convention: SUID LASTNAME RA.L




Mailing the RA offers out to students:

    • Same as TAs, basically. View samples in
  • PGA
    • phyacademics mailbox for guidance as needed. The sent folder is broken down into TA, RA offer folders.







  • Save just the signature page in PDF form to “signed acceptances” folder, with similar naming convention




  • Preparing RA Tuition Remission forms (“recs”, “recommends”) on DEPARTMENTAL accounts
  1. Location:   G:\AS\phy\#private\Graduate Awards\GA AY2018-19\RETURNING Grads\RAs - Recs
  2. There is a departmental rec template (similar to TA form but has RA options selected instead)--- or view Yallappa Dombara, or Spurgeon for samples of completed ones to shadow
  3. Fill in date, name, SUID, salary, tuition amount (spring and summer) and hours on the form
  4. Treat comments just like departmental TA recs.
  5. Save as:
  • Naming convention: SUID LASTNAME RA.R
  • I recommend saving in Word and PDF, just like TA forms.




    Preparing RA Tuition Remission forms (“recs”, “recommends”) on SPONSORED accounts -- **trickier, look at examples for first few you fill out
  • Location:   G:\AS\phy\#private\Graduate Awards\GA AY2018-19\RETURNING Grads\RAs – Recs
      • Use sponsored template
  • , or save as on another form that used it – for instance, “630465428 King, Jr
      • .
  • RA.R” is a good model to check out as a sample
      • Make sure drop down at top has correct year, update obvious name, date fields
      • Check offer type as applicable for case
      • Nominating Dept and location code is same for all RAs
      • Specify original or not. Most cases are yes (hopefully)
      • Almost always federal funds. Sponsored
  • chartstring
      • chart string table in Expenditures folder on g-drive has project end dates.
  • MUST always check iJAN is completed and approved, first, before turning it in. Sponsored accounting will return it and make you resubmit it after iJAN is submitted otherwise.
      • Enter salary, chartstring info by term, and number of hours in table.
      • Make sure tuition is entered in
  • . IF there is tuition, list the following chartstring on the form:
      • , if applicable. 

  • Tuition is rare on sponsored RA awards, since usually they are 3rd year+ grad students


  • Save as:
  • Naming convention: SUID LASTNAME RA.R
  • Save in WORD and PDF form. The PDF will be the one you submit, and the word version will be used for adjustments if needed. There tend to be more adjustments to sponsored awards given the nature of funding; faculty move students around a bit more.
  • , but make sure to double check. 



  • AFTER student returns their signed RA letter, email:
    • ONLY for RAs on DEPARTMENTAL accounts
    • BOTH & for RAs on SPONSORED accounts
    • For both emails:
      • Attach signature page in pdf form + PDF form of corresponding sponsored tuition remission form (aka “rec”)
      • Subject: AY18-19 Returning TA Acceptance: Name
      • Just like the TAs, a simple email message is all that is needed. Make sure the name, type of award in general and the name of the signed RA letter file is included.
      • *** NOTE: RA awards on SPONSORED projects cannot be submitted until after the iJAN is complete. You need to check a box on the form before submitting stating it is entered in.







Process for changing/reallocating tuition: