Happy Buckeye Monday everyone! Below you will find the latest news and information for Ohio State students and families for the week of February 1, 2016. Just a few additional points of information for this week:
First, health insurance choices can be a challenge. What factors guide your decision-making as it relates to your student’s coverage? We want to hear about your experiences! Student Life Student Health Insurance is recruiting parent volunteers for two opportunities:
- A 1-hour focus group session held on campus, for parents who live in the Columbus area.
- An individual telephone or video conversation, for parents who live out-of-state. (If you have upcoming travels that will bring you to Columbus, we can hold these in person as well.)
Feedback requested will include the type and source of information you utilize, and your opinions regarding current Student Health Insurance print and web materials. With your help, future communications can effectively address parents’ questions and needs. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org via email or phone (614-292-9153) to volunteer or request more information.
Second, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) administers the Affordable Care Act’s individual insurance mandate. Insurance companies must report who they covered to the IRS. Insurance companies must also send a copy of the information to the insured individuals, via a 1095 form. 2015 tax returns must accurately report coverage for tax filers and their tax dependents. If your student had the OSU SHI Comprehensive Plan during tax year 2015, your student is responsible for confirming his or her personal information, including Social Security Number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number, with the relevant insurance company so that the necessary 1095-B can be issued. Click here for more information.
Finally, The Ohio State University has issued its honor roll for autumn 2015, listing the names of students who have achieved high academic averages for their work. (Criteria for qualifying varies by college. It is usually based on the GPA for that specific term and the number of credit hours taken. Many colleges require a minimum of 12 graded credit hours with a 3.5 GPA or higher.) Questions should be directed to a students college on qualification criteria. In addition, the university has issued the list of students who earned degrees at commencement exercises on Dec. 20, 2015. The university awarded 3,305 degrees at the ceremony, including 212 doctoral, 9 professional, 450 masters, 2,377 bachelors, 255 associates and 2 certificates. Students are listed by county, and then by zip code within each county. An asterisk after a name indicates a perfect 4.0 academic performance. For the complete lists --> click here.