Non-Employee Tuition Assistance Program - Human Resources at Ohio State

Non-Employee Tuition Assistance Program

The Ohio State University offers tuition assistance to non-employees in certain limited circumstances.

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Non-Employee Tuition Assistance Details

To be eligible for tuition assistance benefits for an individual’s own enrollment, the individual must:

  • Be an active duty member of the U.S. armed forces, or a civilian employee of the U.S. Department of Defense, assigned to a Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program at Ohio State and recognized by Ohio State as having an ROTC appointment; or
  • Have a university appointment as a non-employee postdoctoral fellow (e.g., a non-MBI NRSA Fellow).

To be eligible for tuition assistance benefits for a dependent’s enrollment, an individual must:

  • Be an active duty member of the U.S. armed forces, or a civilian employee of the U.S. Department of Defense, assigned to a Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program at Ohio State and recognized by Ohio State as having an ROTC appointment.

Tuition assistance benefits for eligible non-employees are equivalent to those for eligible Ohio State faculty and staff:

Full terms and conditions for tuition assistance under the Non-Employee Tuition Assistance Plan shall further be subject to the set forth in this document. Failure to meet any of these terms and conditions will require payment by you to the Office of the University Bursar for all costs, including instructional, general and non-Ohio resident fees, associated with course enrollment.

Eligible individuals receiving tuition assistance benefits for their own enrollment are not required to complete an application. After the Office of the University Bursar verifies your eligibility information, the tuition assistance benefit will reflect as a credit against the eligible fees assessed for that academic term on your fee statement.

Eligible individuals receiving tuition assistance benefit for their dependent’s enrollment must enroll in the Program for each academic term that assistance is requested. Online enrollment may not be available. To enroll in the Program for an academic term, complete the Non-Employee Dependent Tuition Assistance Application. Dependents must have their Social Security Number on file within Buckeye Link before dependent tuition assistance enrollment can be processed.

The deadline for submitting a Non-Employee Dependent Tuition Assistance Application for a particular academic term is based on the university academic calendar. For each academic term, all applications must be submitted by the 100% refund date, which currently is the first Friday of classes during that academic term. No applications will be accepted for an academic term after the 100% refund date. Retroactive applications for previous terms will be denied.

The Enrollment Schedule below indicates the enrollment window open and close dates for submitting Non-Employee Dependent Tuition Assistance applications.

Term Enrollment Window Opens Enrollment Window Closes
Spring 2020 November 11, 2019 January 10, 2020
Summer 2020 March 9, 2020 June 12, 2020

 

The university does not provide individual tax advice. However, general tax information is summarized below. Individuals with tax questions should contact their personal tax advisor.

All tuition assistance benefits provided under this Program are considered taxable income and are subject to federal taxation. Program participants are fully responsible for any tax liability resulting from benefits provided under the Program.

 

This is intended to be an overview. Refer to the Plan Document for complete information. In the event the information on these pages differs from the Plan Document, the Plan Document will govern.