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Enrollment closing soon for spring term dependent tuition assistance

The Ohio State University offers eligible employees and their dependents the opportunity to advance their education at Ohio State. For dependent tuition assistance, applications must be submitted each term. Spring 2016 term enrollment window closes January 15, 2016.

Faculty and staff can apply online using Employee Self Service or paper applications. For more information, visit Questions? Contact the Office of Human Resources Customer Service Center at 614-292-1050 or

New health benefits cards for 2016

Faculty and staff should have received new ID cards related to Ohio State health benefits for 2016. These cards are often necessary for faculty and staff to use for confirmation and access of their health benefits. Please be sure to destroy the old cards.

Medical/Prescription Drug Cards

New medical/prescription drug cards were mailed to the home addresses of all 2016 medical plan enrollees from CoreSource (formerly referred to as NGS CoreSource). New cards should have been received by January 1.

New Ohio State Travel Assistance Cards

New travel cards were mailed the first week of January to the home addresses of all faculty and staff who are enrolled in a university-sponsored medical plan in 2016. New for January 1, RedpointWTP LLC now provides international travel services. GlobalCare continues to provide travel services in the U.S. (outside Ohio). New travel cards replace the current GlobalCare card. A printable card is also available here.

Health Care Flexible Spending (FSA) Cards

Individuals who newly elected a 2016 health care FSA should have received a Health Care Flex Card by January 1. Current participants who re-enrolled in health care FSA for 2016 should keep their current Health Care Flex Card. The Health Care Flex Card allows easy access to the funds in participants' fund in Health Care FSA, eliminating the need to file a paper reimbursement request.

Questions? Contact the Office of Human Resources Customer Service at, 614-292-1050 or 1-800-678-6010. Representatives are available Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Ohio State Recognized by Heart Association as Fit-Friendly Worksite

Ohio State has been recognized as a Platinum-Level 2015 Fit-Friendly Worksite by the American Heart Association (AHA) for helping employees eat better and move more.

An American Heart Association Platinum-Level Fit Friendly Workplace. This workplace has been recognized by the American Heart Association for meeting criteria for employee wellness.

“Physical activity and employee wellness are important priorities at Ohio State. We are honored and excited to be recognized by the American Heart Association as a Platinum-Level Fit-Friendly Worksite,” said AJ Douglass, senior vice president of talent, culture and human resources. “We’re committed to providing the best workplace environment possible. This will benefit our employees’ health and produce even more positive results for our worksite overall.”

Ohio State achieved this recognition for its wellness culture. For example, the university houses a variety of indoor fitness facilities, promotes free on-campus biometric screenings and offers the YP4H incentive points program, and 97 percent of benefits-enrolled faculty and staff complete an annual personal health assessment through the Your Plan for Health website.

The university earned the gold-level designation in 2010 and 2011. Since 2012, the university has earned platinum-level recognition.

AHA’s Fit-Friendly Worksites program is a catalyst for positive change in the American workforce by helping worksites make their employees’ health and well-being a priority.

For more information about the Fit-Friendly Worksites program and how it’s helping to improve the health of Americans by focusing on the workplace, visit

Faculty and Staff Benefits

The Ohio State University offers a comprehensive benefit package designed to provide a variety of choices to best fit your needs and the needs of your family. Benefits offered include:

  • Health – medical, dental, vision, prescription drugs, and more
  • Flexible Spending Accounts – contribute through payroll deduction on a pre-tax basis for health care and/or dependent care
  • Retirement – while employed at Ohio State, your retirement contributions must be invested with one of the state retirement plans
  • Life Insurance – a variety of options are available to protect faculty and staff, and their dependents
  • Education – Ohio State offers tuition assistance for eligible faculty and staff and their dependents
  • Disability – Integrated Absence Management and Vocational Services, long-term disability, short-term disability, workers' compensation, and more


For questions, please contact the Customer Service Center at

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