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Graduate Student Health Insurance Award

2013-2014 Application Information

The Graduate School offers two types of health insurance awards: Award A, which applies to both fall and spring semester health insurance costs, and Award B, which applies ONLY to spring semester health insurance costs. To qualify for these award funds, you must apply by the deadline and be in a UC-employed, graduate assistantship position that pays a minimum of $2400 per term.

If you receive a health insurance award in the 2013-14 academic year, a credit of $525 will be put towards your health insurance costs at the start of each semester you are eligible for the award (both semesters, for Award A, or just spring semester, for Award B). 

Important 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  Students who fail to maintain award eligibility are notified via their UConnect account that their award is rescinded and they will be charged $525 within 7 days, regardless of if the student paid UC health insurance or not. 

  • 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 A—for Fall and Spring Semester

To apply for GSHI Award A, visit http://gradapps.uc.edu/gshi. You will only be able to apply from June 24 to August 20.

Timing

  • Application Period: 6/24/13 – 8/20/13
  • Post (pay out) Awards: 8/16/13; 8/23/13
  • First Day of Classes: 8/26/13
  • January 2014: GSHI will check to make sure that each student met all of the requirements for the GSHI Award during the fall semester and rescind the award if not.
  • May 2014: GSHI will check to make sure that each student met all of the requirements for the GSHI Award during the spring semester and rescind the award if not.

Award Benefit

$525 credit to both Fall and Spring Semester bills (totalling $1050).

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: 
    Fall Semester: 09/01/13-12/31/2013 (9 pay periods)
    AND
    Spring Semester: 01/01/14-05/06/14 (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 state 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
    • This 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 entire academic year
    • 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 www.uc.edu/uhs/student_health_insurance.html.  

  4. Enroll for at least one credit hour in each semester (fall and spring). 

If a student does not meet all eligibility requirements throughout the academic year (fall and spring semesters), then he or she will forfeit the Graduate Student Health Insurance Award for fall and spring semester. This will result in the full amount of the health insurance charge being applied to the student’s UC account. If a graduate student waives the university health insurance for either semester, he/she will not be eligible for the GSHI Award A

To apply for GSHI Award A, visit http://gradapps.uc.edu/gshi. You will only be able to apply from June 24 to August 20.

Award B—for ONLY Spring Semester

To apply for GSHI Award B, visit http://gradapps.uc.edu/gshi. You will only be able to apply from November 15 to December 19.

Timing

  • Application Period: 11/15/13 – 12/19/13
  • Post Awards: 12/20/13
  • May 2014: GSHI will check to make sure that the student met all of the requirements for the GSHI Award during the spring semester.

Award Benefit

$525 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: 01/01/14-05/06/14 (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 state 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
    • This 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 www.uc.edu/uhs/student_health_insurance.html.  

  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 health insurance charge being applied to 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.

To apply for GSHI Award B, visit http://gradapps.uc.edu/gshi. You will only be able to apply from November 15 to December 19.
 

Please direct any questions to gshi@uc.edu.