Graduate Student Health Insurance Award

The Graduate School offers two types of health insurance awards. Award A applies in the fall semester and continues to apply to the spring semester health insurance costs if the student qualifies in the spring semester. Award B applies ONLY to spring semester health insurance costs. To qualify for these award funds, you must apply by their respective deadline and be in a UC assistantship or fellowship position that pays a minimum of $2,400 per term.

If you receive a health insurance award in the 2017–18 academic year, a credit of $855 will be put towards your health insurance costs at the start of each semester you are eligible for the award. For Award A, this is $855 for Fall or $1,710 for both fall and spring semesters. For Award B, this applies $855 to spring semester only. Health insurance coverage purchased for spring semester continues through the summer term for no additional cost. If you are awarded Award A, you are not permitted to be awarded Award B for double the award in Spring. The maximum award is $1,710 per academic year.

2017–18 Application Information

Award Amount for 2017–18 and Future Years

For the 2017–18 academic year, the Graduate School has been able to secure funding in order to provide a GSHI award of $855/semester (maximum award of $1,710 per academic year). While the Graduate School strives to maintain this level of funding, unfortunately we cannot guarantee this level for years beyond 2017–18.  
 

Students Purchasing UC SHI Coverage for Dependent/Spouse

For the 2016–17 academic year, students who purchased UC student health insurance (SHI) coverage for themselves and for a spouse/dependent(s) were charged the full cost of coverage for the academic year on their fall semester bill.

For the 2017–18 academic year, students who are charged the full cost of coverage for the academic year on their fall semester bill will receive the maximum total of their award ($1,710) on their fall bill. Students who are billed on a semesterly basis will receive a maximum of $855/semester as applicable. 
 

Important Eligibility Information

At the end of the award semester, the university will re-confirm students’ eligibility to make sure that all requirements have been met (see below for description requirements). Students who fail to maintain award eligibility will have their award removed.

It is the student’s responsibility to check with the program that sponsors their graduate assistantship to make sure the pay dates for the minimum $2,400 in pay falls within the pay date ranges below. These date ranges will be used to pull information from UC payroll records to verify eligibility.

Please direct any questions to gshi@uc.edu.
 

Award B: For ONLY Spring Semester

If you have already received Award A (which covers fall and spring semester), DO NOT apply for Award B. If you have already been awarded Award A, you are NOT permitted to be awarded Award B for double the award in spring.

Timing

  • Application Period: November 15, 2017 to January 16, 2018. Apply for Award B at http://grad.uc.edu/student-life/awards/gshi/application.html during the application period. 
  • Awards Posted: weekly during the application period (awards will not be posted while UC is closed for winter season days). Please note: this is the posting date, not the disbursement date. Posted awards will appear in the "Pending Financial Aid" view, but will not appear on bills until they are disbursed. 
  • January 2018, GSHI will check to make sure that the student has enrolled for SHI by the SHI enrollment deadline and if not, remove the award.
  • April 2018, GSHI will check to make sure that the student met all of the requirements for the GSHI Award during the spring semester and if not, rescind the spring award.

Award Benefit

$855 credit to Spring Semester bill.

Award Criteria

To receive this award, you must:

1. Be a Graduate Assistant (teaching, research or administrative) or Fellow, in the UC payroll system as a graduate assistant or fellow.

2. Be receiving stipend payments of a minimum $2,400 through UC Payroll within the following pay dates:

Spring Semester: 01/01/18–05/01/18 (9 pay periods)

  • Payroll checks from UC for grad students with a payroll status of student worker, compensated hourly, do NOT count toward the $2,400 requirement.
  • Payment must be made from UC Payroll (refunds from the Bursar are not considered payments).
  • Co-op students paid by a company other than UC during spring semester will not have their pay from their co-op company counted toward the $2,400 semester pay requirement.
  • Graduate students who receive a fellowship stipend directly from an outside/third-party sponsor are required to send a copy of the award letter and/or official documentation that clearly states the award period and financial terms of the fellowship (e.g., stipend amount, tuition scholarship amount, living allowance, etc.) to:

GSHI
University of Cincinnati
PO Box 210635
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0635    OR    via UC Mail to ML 0635

Each outside/third-party sponsor must be a U.S. based foundation which requires matching funds or be a U.S. based federal or state institution which supports research or teaching missions like Fulbright, Krell, etc.

3. Maintain university student health insurance coverage during the spring semester

  • Graduate students enrolled in less than 6 credit hours in spring semester are required to complete and submit a Health Insurance Enrollment Form for that semester by the deadline in order to maintain student health insurance. 
  • For a link to the enrollment form and the submission deadlines, visit http://med.uc.edu/student-health-insurance

4. Enroll for at least one credit hour in spring semester.  

If a student does not meet all eligibility requirements throughout spring semester, then he or she will forfeit the Graduate Student Health Insurance Award for spring semester. This will result in the full amount of the award being removed from the student’s UC account. If a graduate student waives the university health insurance for spring semester, he/she will not be eligible for the GSHI Award B.

You will be able to apply for Award B from November 15, 2017 to January 16, 2018.

Applications submitted after 11:59 p.m. on January 16, 2018 will not be accepted.
 

Award A: For both Fall and Spring Semester

The application for Award A was open June 30, 2017 to September 4, 2017

Timing

  • Application Period: 6/30/17–9/4/17
  • Posting of awards: Starting on August 10, awards will be posted on a weekly basis. 
  • First Day of Classes: 8/21/17
  • September 2017, GSHI will check to make sure that the student has enrolled for SHI by the SHI enrollment deadline and if not, remove the award.
  • December 2017, GSHI will check to make sure that the student met all of the requirements for the GSHI Award during the fall semester and if not, rescind the fall award.
  • January 2018, GSHI will check to make sure that the student has enrolled for SHI by the SHI enrollment deadline and if not, remove the award.
  • April 2018, GSHI will check to make sure that the student met all of the requirements for the GSHI Award during the spring semester and if not, rescind the spring award.

Award Benefit

$855 credit to Fall, or Fall and Spring Semester bills (maximum award of $1,710 for the academic year).

Award Criteria

To receive this award, you must:

1. Be a Graduate Assistant (teaching, research or administrative) or Fellow, in the UC payroll system as a graduate assistant or fellow.

2. Be receiving stipend payments of a minimum $2,400 per semester through UC Payroll within the following pay dates:

Fall Semester: 09/05/17–12/31/2017 (9 pay periods)
AND (only if spring award is also desired)
Spring Semester: 01/01/18–05/01/18 (9 pay periods)

  • Payroll checks from UC for grad students with a payroll status of student worker, compensated hourly, do NOT count toward the $2,400 requirement.
  • Payment must be made from UC Payroll (refunds from the Bursar are not considered payments).
  • Co-op students paid by a company other than UC during either of these semesters (fall or spring) will not have their pay from their co-op company counted toward the $2,400 semester pay requirement.
  • Graduate students who receive a fellowship stipend directly from an outside/third-party sponsor are required to send a copy of the award letter and/or official documentation that clearly states the award period and financial terms of the fellowship (e.g., stipend amount, tuition scholarship amount, living allowance, etc.) to:   

GSHI
University of Cincinnati
PO Box 210635
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0635    OR    via UC Mail to ML 0635

Each outside/third-party sponsor must be a U.S. based foundation which requires matching funds or be a U.S. based federal or state institution which supports research or teaching missions like Fulbright, Krell, etc. 

3. Maintain university student health insurance coverage throughout the qualifying award term.

  • Graduate students enrolled in less than 6 credit hours in any semester (fall or spring) are required to complete and submit a Health Insurance Enrollment Form for that semester by the deadline in order to maintain student health insurance.
  • For a link to the enrollment form and the submission deadlines, visit http://med.uc.edu/student-health-insurance

4. Enroll for at least one credit hour in each qualifying award semester. 
 

If a student does not meet all eligibility requirements throughout the qualifying award term, then he or she will forfeit the Graduate Student Health Insurance Award for that semester. This will result in the full amount of the award being removed from the student’s UC account. If a graduate student waives the university health insurance, he/she will not be eligible for any GSHI Award.

 

Please direct any questions to gshi@uc.edu.