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Common questions about benefits:
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Fee waiver for Columbus State classes
The college will waive 100% of the appropriate instructional fees for all full-time employees who take degree-credit classes. Part-time employees will receive a waiver at a percentage paid in proportion to the degree of their full-time employment. Adjunct employees’ instructional fees will be waived on a prorated basis based on the number of contact hours taught in the previous quarter. Dependents of full-time employees are eligible for 75% waiver. Read more.
After one year of employment, full time employees may be reimbursed for courses at accredited institutions each fiscal year to a maximum of $6,000 for undergraduate degree and $8,000 for a graduate degree courses. Supervisor’s approval required. Contact Carmelita Boyer at x2407 to learn more and obtain the reimbursement form.
Which retirement plan should I choose?
Full-time employees have the choice of a state pension plan (SERS or STRS) or the Alternative Retirement Plan (ARP) that you manage like a 401k plan. You have 120 days from your date of hire to select the ARP. Part-time employees are enrolled in SERS. Adjuncts are enrolled in STRS.
How can I contact State Teachers Retirement System or School Employees Retirement System?
The STRS Ohio Member Services Center provides a quick access to a service representative. Call STRS Ohio toll-free at 1-888-227-7877. For benefit information, you can log into their website at www.strsoh.org.
The School Employees Retirement System can be contacted toll-free at 1-866-280-7377. For benefit information, you can log into their website at www.ohsers.org
What are the eligibility requirements for participating in the VCSI program?
- Full-time, non-temporary employees
- SERS/STRS eligibility requirements are:
- 5 years of service credit at age 60; or
- 25 years of service credit at age 55; or
- 30 years of service credit at any age
- Eligibility period is from July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014