Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I need to budget my money for the upcoming year. How much are general fees and when are they due?
A: Graduate student general fees for 2008-2009 are $513 a quarter. This fee are not fully covered by your tuition waiver. All fees will be billed to you electronically and you will receive an "e-bill" only. You can also choose to have this fee, along with the health insurance fees, automatically deducted from your stipend check. This can be done by logging into the Graduate Student Portal and clicking on Insurance & Fee Deductions. (Note: If you elect to do this, it will be in place all year and can not be changed.)

Q: My G.A. position comes with a stipend. How and when will I begin receiving that money?
A: You will receive your stipend on the first of every month beginning on October 1st, 2008. You have the option of using direct deposit. Your supervisor should help you establish this deposit upon your arrival. In order to figure out how much money you will receive each month, simply take the amount your position offers and divide that by 9. Dividing your stipend by 9 give you the breakdown of your 9 month stipend which is paid on the first of every month (including December) from October 1st- June 1st. July, August, and September are not paid.

Q: Why is my tuition reimbursement not showing up on my e-bill?
A: Your tuition reimbursement will show up once your graduate assistantship contract is complete. Graduate Studies completes these and passes them on to your division budget director or the head of your division who then makes sure they are signed.  Do not worry if this does not happen in the first week of school; it takes a little time and all ends up working out. 

Q: Does the University provide health insurance for students?
Ohio University requires students to have health insurance coverage. For 2008-2009 student health insurance is $367 a quarter. Information about the OU Health Plan can be found at the Hudson Health Center website. New this year is an optional Wellness Plan which eliminates co-pays for office visits, lab work and x-rays at the Student Health Center. More information about this fee is available at the Well Being page. These fees are automatically billed to your student account.

Q: I see a charge on my account for Student Legal Services. What is this?
The Center for Student Legal Services provides needed legal representation and education for Ohio University students in areas such as landlord tenant matters, criminal misdemeanor, alcohol offenses, and consumer issues. The fee for this optional service is $8 a quarter.

Q: I already have insurance through my parents. Do I have to buy the OU health insurance?

A: If you are covered by another health insurance policy (i.e. spouse, parents), you are not required to take the OU health insurance.

Q: How do I wave the health insurance, legal services, and Wellness Plan fees?
A:  These fees can be waived in person at the Bursar’s Office (Chubb Hall) or by logging into your eAccount on the Bursar's Office webpage. The deadline for waiving these fees for the Fall Quarter is October 13, 2008. The health insurance waiver only needs to be submitted once every academic year.

Q: What is the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System (OPERS) and how  do I enroll or waive enrollment in it?
A:  More information is available about OPERS by clicking here. You can enroll in OPERS by clicking here, or waive your enrollment by clicking here.

Q: When do I get to set up my e-mail account?
A: You should receive information from the Office of Information Technology about setting-up your OAK account (sometime in the summer). You will use this information to access your OU email account. Email sent to your OU account will be forwarded to your existing email address. Once you arrive on campus, your email account will be fully activated and will no longer forward to your existing email address. Your OAK ID is also used to access the wireless network, your financial account, and to register for class.

Q: Where will I park when I come to orientation?
A: The parking office does not begin ticketing until the start of Fall quarter. Therefore, you may park in any lot operated by the University. Beware, parking meters are controlled by the city, not the University. So if you park at a meter, make sure that you feed it the correct amount of money to avoid a ticket!

Q: I do my banking with a bank that doesn't exist in Athens. What bank is recommended?
A: Well,there are many things that go into choosing a bank and everyone has their own preferences. The Ohio University Credit Union, Chase Bank, Century National, Citizens Bank, Hocking Valley Bank, Oak Hill Bank, and People's Bank are all located in Athens.

If you have additional questions that are not answered here please feel free to email your mentor or any one of the SPA executive board members.
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