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Graduate Student Health Insurance Award

2016–17 Application Information

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-employed, graduate assistantship position that pays a minimum of $2,400 per term.

If you receive a health insurance award in the 2016–17 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 award just for spring semester. 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 $855 per semester.

Increase in Award Amount for 2016–17

For the 2016-17 academic year, the Graduate School has been able to secure funding for a substantial increase to the Graduate Student Health Insurance (GSHI) Award. The eligibility requirements will remain the same, but the funding level is increasing from $1,250 for the academic year ($625/semester) to $1,710 ($855/semester). That increase will allow eligible graduate assistants to have 75% of their insurance costs covered through this award. While the Graduate School strives to maintain this level of funding, unfortunately we cannot guarantee this level for years beyond 2016–17.  

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 Students who fail to maintain award eligibility are notified via their UConnect account that their award will be rescinded on the student’s bill and a balance of $855 will appear within 7 days.

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 both Fall and Spring Semester

To apply for GSHI Award A, visit http://grad.uc.edu/student-life/awards/gshi/application.html. You will only be able to apply from June 30, 2016 to September 5, 2016. Applications submitted after September 5, 11:59 p.m. will not be accepted.

Timing:

  • Application Period: 6/30/16–9/5/16
  • Posting (pay out) of Awards: 8/16/16 (for students who apply on or before August 15) and 9/6/16 (for students who apply on or after August 16)
  • First Day of Classes: 8/22/16
  • December 2016, 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. If the student qualifies, the spring award will be posted.
  • April 2017, 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 (totaling $1,710, maximum of $855 per semester).

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: 09/06/16–12/31/2016 (9 pay periods)
    AND (only if spring award is also desired)
    Spring Semester: 01/01/17–05/02/17 (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 health insurance charge being applied to the student’s UC account. If a graduate student waives the university health insurance, he/she will not be eligible for any GSHI Award.

To apply for GSHI Award A, visit http://grad.uc.edu/student-life/awards/gshi/application.html. You will only be able to apply from June 30 to September 5. Applications submitted after September 5, 11:59 p.m. will not be accepted.
 

Award B: For ONLY Spring Semester

You will be able to apply for Award B from mid-November 2016 to early January 2017.

Timing

  • Application Period: mid-November 2016 to early January 2017
  • Awards Posted: TBA
  • April 2017: GSHI will check to make sure that the student met all of the requirements for the GSHI Award during the spring semester.

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: 01/01/17–05/02/17 (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 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.

You will be able to apply for Award B from mid-November 2016 to early January 2017.
  

Please direct any questions to gshi@uc.edu.