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Graduate Student Health Insurance Award

2014-2015 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 2014-2015 academic year, a credit of $625 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 $625 for fall or $1,250 for both fall and spring semesters.  For Award B, this applies $625 award just for spring semester.  Health insurance coverage purchased for spring semester continues through the summer term for no additional cost.

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 Students who fail to maintain award eligibility are notified via their UConnect email account that their award will be rescinded on the student’s bill and a balance of $625 will appear within 7 days.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 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: 11/15/14 – 12/19/14
  • Post Awards: 12/22/14
  • April 2015: GSHI will check to make sure that the student met all of the requirements for the GSHI Award during the spring semester.

Award Benefit

$625 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: 01/01/15-05/05/15 (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 require 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.
 

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 23 to August 20.

Timing:

  • Application Period: 6/23/14 – 8/20/14
  • Posting (pay out) of Awards: 8/21/14 – 8/22/14
  • First Day of Classes: 8/25/14
  • December 2014, GSHI will check to make sure that the student met all of the requirements for the GSHI Award during the fall semester and rescind the fall award if not. If the student qualifies, the spring award will be posted.
  • April 2015, GSHI will check to make sure that the student met all of the requirements for the GSHI Award during the spring semester and rescind the spring award if not.

Award Benefit

$625 credit to Fall, or Fall and Spring Semester bills (totaling $1,250).

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: 09/01/14-12/31/2014 (9 pay periods)
    AND (only if spring award is also desired)
    Spring Semester: 01/01/15-05/05/15 (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 www.uc.edu/uhs/student_health_insurance.html

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://gradapps.uc.edu/gshi. You will only be able to apply from June 23 to August 20.
 

Please direct any questions to gshi@uc.edu.