Benefits Services at The Ohio State University

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Apply for Dependent Tuition Assistance each term

Applications for Dependent Tuition Assistance (DTA) must be submitted for each term for each dependent. This captures the current tax status of each dependent, and eliminates the need for a separate tax affidavit mailing between you and the university. Faculty and staff can apply online using Employee Self Service; the deadline to apply online for the Autumn 2013 term June 24 – August 23. To apply online, log on to Employee Self Service via or OneSource, click on eBenefits, then click on Dependent Tuition Assistance. Paper DTA applications are available for those needing them, and all applications submitted outside of the online enrollment window.
For questions, view this Dependent Tuition Assistance information, or contact Customer Service at 292-1050

Student Employees: Retirement Exemption Process Changed

Student retirement exemption forms must be submitted to OHR within 30 days before or after the hire date. Forms received after this deadline will not be accepted and the student will irrevocably pay into retirement unless there is a 12-month break. If an exemption is valid, but the form is not received by the payroll cutoff date (and a deduction is taken), a refund will automatically be given after the exemption request has been approved by OPERS. Students should allow approximately 60 days for the refund. Review the OPERS Exemption Submission Calendar to determine when a correctly completed form must be in our office in order to meet the payroll deadline so no retirement deductions are withheld..

The Ohio State University offers a comprehensive benefit package designed to provide a variety of choices to best fit your needs and the needs of your family. Benefits offered include:

  • Health – medical, dental, vision, prescription drugs, and more
  • Flexible Spending Accounts – contribute through payroll deduction on a pre-tax basis for health care and/or dependent care
  • Retirement – while employed at Ohio State, your retirement contributions must be invested with one of the state retirement plans
  • Life Insurance – a variety of options are available to protect faculty and staff, and their dependents
  • Education – Ohio State offers tuition assistance for eligible faculty and staff and their dependents
  • Disability – integrated disability, long-term disability, short-term disability, workers’ compensation, and more


For General Questions

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e1590 N. High St., Suite 300
Columbus, OH 43201-2190
Phone: (614) 292-1050, 1-800-678-6010, TDD (614) 688-3730
Fax: (614) 292-6235

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About Ohio State

Established: 1870

Ranking: Top 20 among national public universities, U.S. News & World Report’s 2010 “America’s Best Colleges”

Colleges: 14

Undergraduate majors: 175

Courses offered (est.): 12,000

Total enrollment: 64,077

Undergraduates: 49,195

First-year classes with fewer than 40 students: 77 percent

Average ACT score of first-year class: 28.1

Living alumni: 465,000

Size of Columbus campus: More than 1,700 acres and 457 buildings

The Ohio State University’s main Columbus campus is one of America’s largest and most comprehensive. More than 55,000 students select from 14 colleges, 175 undergraduate majors, and 240 master’s, doctoral, and professional degree programs. As Ohio’s best and one of the nation’s top-20 public universities, Ohio State is further recognized by a top-rated academic medical center and a premier cancer hospital and research center.

The university’s total research expenditures in 2009 topped $716 million, ranking Ohio State 13th nationally, second in industry research, and ninth among public universities, according to the National Science Foundation. The university’s innovative prowess attains world-class status, particularly in critical areas such as global climate change, cancer, infectious disease, advanced materials, and ag-bio products that feed and fuel the world.

An additional 8,200 students attend Ohio State’s regional campuses in Lima, Mansfield, Marion, and Newark, and the Agricultural Technical Institute in Wooster. Founded as a federal land-grant institution in 1870, the university has awarded 622,368 degrees since 1878. Its legacy extends to more than 465,000 living alumni.

Quick facts

  • The 2010 first-year Columbus class of 6,549 is the most academically prepared in the university’s history. Average ACT scores are now 28.1, nearly five points higher than a decade ago, and more than half of the admitted class graduated in the top 10 percent of their high school classes.
  • Ohio State climbed to 18th among the nation’s best public universities in U.S. News & World Report’s 2010 edition of “America’s Best Colleges,” which links first-year student programs and internships to student success.
  • In a comparison of tuition costs to graduate earning power in SmartMoney magazine, Ohio State ranks 11th best nationally, with an average return of 179 percent on tuition investment.
  • Ohio State generates an annual statewide economic impact in excess of $4 billion and partners with more than 240 Ohio-based businesses.
  • The Ohio State University Medical Center was named one of “America’s Best Hospitals” for the 18th consecutive year. The medical center is among only 21 hospitals in the country named to U.S. News & World Report’s elite Honor Roll.
  • Ohio State sports the largest self-supporting athletics program in the country. In 2009–10, the Department of Athletics transferred nearly $29 million to support university initiatives, including a $9 million commitment to the renovation of Thompson Library, which reopened autumn 2009.
  • Tuition at Ohio State remains one of the lowest among selective admissions institutions in the state. In the 2008–09 academic year, 82 percent of students received aid. Of those receiving aid, the average scholarship/grant totaled $2,311, reducing the actual cost of tuition and required fees for a typical undergraduate from $8,658 tuition to $6,347 net tuition.