Doing Business Buckeye Style
- BuckeyeMail is the official form of communication at Ohio State. BuckeyeMail is Ohio State's student-only email service and uses Microsoft Outlook Live. Students should expect important updates and general reminders to be sent to their email@example.com account.
- buckeyelink.osu.edu This go-to site includes answers to frequently asked questions, self-help tutorials, alerts, updates, important dates and more. It is also where students log in to their Student Center.
- My Student Center: From registering for classes to paying fees, this secure self-service site is where students manage their business.
More: Click the Student Center Reference Guide link under the My Student Center login on buckeyelink.osu.edu
FOCUS ON FINANCES
- Financial aid awards Aid may include scholarships, grants, loans and Federal Work Study. Need is determined each year by the information provided on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students view, accept and manage aid through their Student Center.
- Online refunds After all applicable charges are paid to the university, students with remaining financial aid receive “refunds.” Students can sign up for direct deposit of refunds through the Account Refund link in the Finances section of the Student Center.
- TOPP Students can enroll in the Tuition Option Payment Plan (TOPP) each semester for a fee, which divides the cost of tuition, housing, and fees into three payments.
- Know your payment options The preferred – and easiest – method of payment is online through ePayment. Students, or their designated guardians, can pay using a personal checking or savings account, or credit card. (Note: The Ohio State University charges a non-refundable 2.75% fee per transaction.)
More: Click “Make a Payment” in the Student Center Reference Guide under the My Student Center login on buckeyelink.osu.edu
KNOW THE POLICY
- Sharing information A student’s privacy is protected under the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). However, students may select to release academic, financial aid and account information to designees through the Student Information Release link in the Personal Information section of the Student Center.
- Health insurance Ohio State requires students enrolled at least half-time to have health insurance and assesses a fee each year for the Comprehensive Student Health Insurance Plan. Most students can waive participation and have the fee removed each year with proof of adequate coverage under another health insurance plan.
- From fee payment and filling out the FAFSA to adding courses and changing meal plans, being aware of and meeting deadlines is a MUST for success at Ohio State. For important dates and deadlines, including those for late fee payment penalties and forfeitures of paid fees, see Ohio State’s Academic Calendar at go.osu.edu/bigcal.
Stay on Track
- Complete student information releases
- Set up direct deposit
- Sign up guardian(s) for ePayment
- File FAFSA (February 1 priority date)
- Apply for special scholarships (February 1 priority date)
- Complete To Do List items in the Student Center
- Accept or decline financial aid awards
- Sign housing/dining contract (if applicable)
- Waive student health insurance fee (optional)
- Waive Student Legal Services fee (Columbus Campus only; optional)
- Accept Financial Responsibility Statement
- Register for classes
- Initiate 529 Plan payments (allow 4 weeks)
- Sign up for Tuition Option Payment Plan (TOPP)
- Pay tuition and fees
Note: These tasks are also required for students enrolled in summer term.