Steps to Participate

Students in ClassIn order to participate in Program 60, you must have resided in the State of Ohio for one calendar year and be age 60 or older during the term for which you register and enroll.

You may take undergraduate, graduate-level and distance learning (online) courses on an instructor permission, space-available, audit basis during the spring, summer and fall terms. The courses you take are tuition free, do not count for credit and cannot count towards a future degree. Some courses may require you to pay applicable course or lab fees (as outlined in Step 7) and may suggest you purchase a textbook.

The following steps will help you become a Program 60 participant! 

Download the 2018-2019 Participation Guide

Step 1 - Complete Program Registration

This step only needs to be completed once. If you have already completed the one-time registration and have activated your Ohio State Username (lastname.#) and BuckeyePass and BuckeyeMail, please continue to Step 4.

Admission to the university as a Program 60 participant became a requirement starting in spring semester 2017. This step only needs to be completed once for program participation. If you are unsure of your status, please contact our office at 614-292-8860.

Typically, 3-5 business days after you submit your registration, you will receive an email letting you know you've been accepted to The Ohio State University.

Registration for Summer 2020 has closed. If you are already registered and have completed Step 2 and Step 3, you may continue to Step 4

 

Step 2 - Activate Your Ohio State Username and BuckeyePass

Please note, you may need to wait up to 72 hours after receiving your Ohio State username to activate it. This step only needs to be completed once. If you have already activated your Ohio State Username (lastname.#) and BuckeyePass, please continue to Step 3.

You must complete Step 1 - Registration, prior to Steps 2 and 3.

To activate your Ohio State username:

  1. Visit my.osu.edu
  2. Click the Activate Now button
  3. Follow the instructions to activate your Ohio State Username (lastname.#)

BuckeyePass

You also need to set up BuckeyePass, a multifactor authentication service you will use to log in to many Ohio State services, such as My Buckeye Link, the secure site where you will enroll in courses. To set up BuckeyePass:

  1. Visit buckeyepass.osu.edu
  2. Click the Register/Manage Devices button
  3. Follow the instructions to finish setting up BuckeyePass

For more detailed instructions and help with BuckeyePass, visit go.osu.edu/duohelp.

Step 3 - Log in to Your BuckeyeMail Account

You must complete Step 1 - Registration prior to Steps 2 and 3.

BuckeyeMail

BuckeyeMail (lastname.#@buckeyemail.osu.edu) is your official university email account. Important and time-sensitive business communications from Ohio State – such as your enrollment registration window notification and communications from your instructors – will be emailed to your BuckeyeMail account. To log in, visit buckeyemail.osu.edu. Check your email several times a week until school begins, and then daily.

Microsoft Office 365

Your BuckeyeMail also gives you access to Microsoft Office 365, which Program 60 participants are eligible to use for free. Your Office 365 ID is your full BuckeyeMail address, and your password is the password you chose when you activated your Ohio State username in Step 2. For directions on how to use Office 365, visit go.osu.edu/office365help.

 

Step 4 - Search for Courses

Various methods to search for courses are outlined below.

classes.osu.edu

On this website, you can use a more intuitive approach to finding classes. With the large amount to choose from, you can use the filters to find the right class for you. 

  1. Go to classes.osu.edu
  2. Select the campus at which you would like to take classes using the drop-down menu in the upper right-hand corner or using the filter in the right-hand sidebar.
  3. Determine the keywords you will use to search for classes (golf, history, creative writing, etc.)
  4. Search using your keywords, and filter your search by using the side bar to determine the term, campus, subject, academic career, program, component, class tribute, catalog number, time and instruction mode
  5. If you would like to take an online course, select the Distance Learning option under Instruction Mode
  6. Find the course(s) you are interested in and select Check Availability to see if there are spots still available
  7. For future reference, you may wish to record all information about the course(s) you would like to take, including subject, course number, class number and instructor name

     

University Registrar

This method will let you focus your search for courses and go through the Ohio State Course Catalog. Because of the large amount of course options available, be sure you use keywords and filters to find exactly what you’re looking for.

  1. Go to buckeyelink.osu.edu
  2. Click Enrollment and Registration under the By Topic heading
  3. Click Class Search (SIS) - Student Information Center under the Tasks heading
  4. Select the term, campus, subject, course career and select the arrow next to Additional Search Criteria to display more search options such as keywords
  5. To specifically search for online courses (if you would like to take an online course), select the arrow next to Additional Search Criteria to display more search options and select the Distance Learning option under Mode of Instruction
  6. Find the course(s) you are interested in and check if there are spots available by confirming there is a green circle under Status
  7. For future reference, you may wish to record all information about the course(s) you would like to take, including subject, course number, class number and instructor name

 

Office Visit

For assistance with searching and enrolling in courses, contact us. Those who plan to take classes at the Columbus campus may visit our office. We are here to help you narrow down your course options and find out what you want to study!

 

Step 5 - Review Your To Do List

You must be an admitted participant with an active Ohio State Username (lastname.#) before this step can be completed.

Your To Do List in My Buckeye Link houses items or actions that need to be completed. Leaving items or actions on this list uncompleted can result in a hold being placed on your account and prevent you from enrolling in classes.

To view your To Do List:

  1. Go to buckeyelink.osu.edu
  2. Click My Buckeye Link under Welcome!
  3. Log in with your Ohio State username (lastname.#) and password
  4. Review items under the To Do List on the right-hand side of the screen and click details

Below we've addressed some items you may find on your To Do List. Visit ASSIST Online Help for more information on holds and your To Do List.

Financial Responsibility Statement

The Financial Responsibility Statement (FRS) is required before enrollment in courses can take place each term. Information on the Financial Responsibility Statement can be found on the Office of Business and Finance site.

To complete the FRS:

  1. Go to buckeyelink.osu.edu
  2. Click My Buckeye Link under Welcome!
  3. Log in with your Ohio State username (lastname.#) and password
  4. Select Financial Responsibility Statement under the To Do List 
  5. Agree to the three required statements
  6. Click Submit

U Got This! Sexual Misconduct Prevention Training

Starting with enrollment for Spring 2020, all Program 60 participants are required to complete the online course, "U Got This: Your Online Guide to Speak Up, Step In, and Create a Better Campus for All,” annually. The interactive, easy-to-follow course takes approximately 45 minutes and will be available in BuckeyeLearn. It will be assigned to your BuckeyeLearn transcript each year.

To access the course:

  1. Go to buckeyelearn.osu.edu
  2. Log in with your Ohio State username (lastname.#) and password
  3. Click the My Transcript button on the BuckeyeLearn homepage

If you do not complete this course before the deadline, your account will be placed on hold. It can take 1-2 business days for this hold to be removed from your account after you complete the training.

For more information on this training requirement, visit the university's Title IX website.

Vaccinations

When taking courses on campus, Ohio State may require proof of vaccinations. If you see vaccinations on your To Do List and have questions, contact Student Health Services at vaccination@osu.edu or 614-292-0118.

 

Step 6 - Enroll in Courses

The Summer 2020 Program 60 Enrollment Window is from April 15, 2020 until May 22, 2020. Be sure to follow the instructions below to know your date and time of enrollment.

You must be an admitted participant with an active Ohio State username (lastname.#) before this step can be completed.

Program 60 participants may enroll in undergraduate, graduate-level and distance learning online courses for audit on an instructor-permission, space-available basis.

Enrollment in courses through the university registration system gives you access to course content in CarmenCanvas. Your courses will appear as “audit” status on your university transcript, and instructors will receive an informational email regarding course participation.

To find your enrollment window:

  1. Go to buckeyelink.osu.edu
  2. Click My Buckeye Link under the Welcome! heading
  3. Log in with your Ohio State username (lastname.#) and password
  4. Click Details under the Enrollment Information heading
  5. Select the appropriate term and click Continue
  6. Note the time your enrollment window opens
     

To enroll in courses:

  1. Go to buckeyelink.osu.edu
  2. Click My Buckeye Link under the Welcome! heading
  3. Log in with your Ohio State username (lastname.#) and password
  4. Click Add a Class under the Academics heading
  5. Select the semester in which you wish to enroll
  6. Type the class number in the Enter Class Nbr field and click enter
  7. Once added, select Proceed to Step 2 of 3
  8. Confirm course information and select Finish Enrolling if correct
  9. Review completed course enrollment and repeat as necessary

Instructor Permission

For courses with prerequisites, written instructor permission is required. Permission is requested by filling out the Program 60 Enrollment Request FormYou must fill out the form for each course you wish to take that requires instructor permission.

Before you get started, you will need to know your Ohio State username (lastname.#) and the following information:

  • Subject/Department (A)
  • Course number (no dashes or spaces) (B)
  • Class number (D)
  • Recitation and/or Lab class number, if applicable
  • Instructor's email address (Type the instructor's name (G) into the Ohio State directory to find this information.)

The screenshot below from My Buckeye Link shows where you may find the relevant course information.

Graduate Courses

Please use the enrollment request form included above to request instructor permission. Note: After the instructor approves your enrollment request, the Program 60 coordinator must request permission from the Graduate school. If there is space and the request is approved, we will enroll you into class.

Class Participation

The level of participation for Program 60 participants varies based on expectations set forth by both the instructor and the participant. Please be sure to have a conversation with your instructor regarding expected participation level prior to, or during, the first week of classes. The exceptions are foreign language courses which typically require full participation by the Program 60 participant to maintain a consistent level of knowledge in the classroom.

Step 7 - Pay Course Fees

Enrollment in courses with course fees associated will require payment be made through the University Bursar Office. Program 60 participants will be held to all university and Registrar deadlines for course additions, drops and fee payment as well as the possibility of owed fees being sent to Collections.

To mail a payment:

  1. Go to buckeyelink.osu.edu
  2. Click My Buckeye Link under the Welcome! heading
  3. Log in with your Ohio State username and password
  4. Click the Make a Payment button under the Finances heading
  5. Click Mail a Payment
  6. Generate a payment coupon and print it out
  7. Include your name and Ohio State ID number on the check and mail it with the payment coupon to: Office of the University Bursar, The Ohio State University, PO Box 183248, Columbus OH 43218-3248

 

To make a payment online:

  1. Go to buckeyelink.osu.edu
  2. Click My Buckeye Link under the Welcome! heading
  3. Log in with your Ohio State username and password
  4. Click the Make a Payment button under the Finances heading
  5. Click Make a Payment on the Payment Options page
  6. On the Ohio State ePayment site, select Make a Payment under the Your Account heading
  7. Confirm how much is due and click Checkout
  8. Select the method of payment (credit card, electronic check or foreign currency) and click Continue Checkout
  9. Type the required information in the fields and click Continue Checkout
  10. Verify that the payment information you have provided is correct and click Submit Payment

 

Tuition Option Payment Plan

Program 60 participants are eligible to enroll in Ohio State’s Tuition Option Payment Plan (TOPP). Enrollment in TOPP allows for course fee payments to be made in three equal installments. There is a $30 enrollment fee, and fees owed must be $150 or greater.