Student Employee Benefits - Human Resources at Ohio State

Student Employee Benefits

Working at Ohio State as a student employee can provide meaningful, relevant opportunities to apply what you are learning academically into a work setting. You can develop new skills, learn workplace culture and build your professional network. As a student employee, you are also eligible for various benefits.

Graduate Associates

Graduate associates (GA) are eligible to participate in Ohio State’s Student Health Insurance and the OSU Faculty and Staff Health Plan. Graduate associates have 31 days from their start date if they wish to elect the Faculty and Staff Health Plan. As a GA, you have several options for health coverage:

  • Student health insurance
    • International students are required to be enrolled in student health insurance. Ask the Student Health Insurance office about possible exceptions.
  • The Ohio State University Faculty and Staff Health Plan
  • A source outside of the university

What you need to do:

2017 Comprehensive Student Health Plan for Domestic & International Students – Monthly Rates
Student Health Insurance Program
Student Only $56.14
Student + Spouse (or 1 Child) $112.28
Student + Children (or Spouse + 1 Child) $168.41
Student + Spouse + 2 or more children $224.55
2017 Faculty and Staff Health Plan for Students – Monthly Rates
Prime Care Advantage Prime Care Choice
Student Only $360.53 $326.27
Student + Spouse $778.31 $706.37
Student + Children $423.10 $359.72
Family $941.08 $834.02

A Graduate Associate (GA) who continues to meet the eligibility requirements as of January 1, 2018, is eligible to enroll in the Faculty and Staff Health Plans during GA Open Enrollment November 1-14, 2017. This coverage will be effective January 1, 2018. Please note that this coverage is for medical and prescription drug only and does not include dental or vision benefits. Benefits Open Enrollment for Graduate Associates

Ohio State and its employees contribute to state retirement systems rather than Social Security. When you are employed in a student classification and meet the criteria, you have a choice about your retirement. You can participate in a state retirement system, making contributions each pay period and earning service credits. Or you can opt out of participation in retirement, in which case no retirement will be deducted from your pay and you will not earn retirement service credits. This is an irrevocable decision for the entire period that you are continuously employed and working as an eligible student employee at Ohio State. If you do not opt out within 30 days of your start date, you will automatically be enrolled in a state retirement system.

Decide if you wish to participate in retirement.

Undergraduate Student Employees

Ohio State and its employees contribute to state retirement systems rather than Social Security. When you are employed in a student classification and meet the criteria, you have a choice about your retirement. You can participate in OPERS, making contributions each pay period and earning service credits. Or you can opt out of participation in retirement, in which case no retirement will be deducted from your pay, and you will not earn OPERS service credits. This is an irrevocable decision for the entire period that you are continuously employed and working as an eligible student employee at Ohio State. If you do not opt out within 30 days of your start date, you will automatically be enrolled in OPERS.

What you need to do: