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 of registration and enrollment.

You may take undergraduate, graduate-level and distance learning (online) courses on a space-available 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


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Spring 2020 Information Sessions for the Columbus campus will be held from 10 a.m. - noon Thursday, December 19 and Friday, December 20, 2019. Space is limited.

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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 Spring 2020 will begin at 9 a.m. December 3, 2019.

Step 2 - Activate your Ohio State Username and BuckeyePass

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. Select the Activate Now button
  3. Follow the instructions to activate your Ohio State Username (last name.#)

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. Select 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 - Set Up your BuckeyeMail Account

This step only needs to be completed once. If you have already set up your BuckeyeMail account, please continue to Step 4.

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 us your enrollment registration window notification and communications from your instructors – will be emailed to your BuckeyeMail account. To set up your account:

  1. Go to my.osu.edu
  2. Log in with your Ohio State username and password
  3. Select Change Email Delivery
  4. Select Create my BuckeyeMail account and submit

Once your request has been processed (allow up to 90 minutes), you'll be able to log in at 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 download Office 365, visit go.osu.edu/office365help.

 

Step 4 - Search for Courses

The 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

     

University Registrar

This method will let you focus your search for online 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. Select Enrollment and Registration under the "Essential Tasks" heading
  3. Select 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 like 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"

 

Office Visit

For assistance with searching and enrolling in courses, visit our office or contact us. 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

Please note, 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. Select My Buckeye Link under Essential Tasks
  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 select 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. Select My Buckeye Link under Essential Tasks
  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. Select 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. Select 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

Course enrollment for spring semester opens December 16, 2019. Check BuckeyeLink for your enrollment window time.

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

To find your enrollment window:

  • Go to buckeyelink.osu.edu
  • Select My Buckeye Link under the "Essential Tasks" heading
  • Log in with your Ohio State username and password
  • Select Details under the "Enrollment Information" heading
  • Select the appropriate term
  • Select Continue
  • Note the time your enrollment window opens
     

To enroll in courses:

  1. Go to buckeyelink.osu.edu
  2. Select My Buckeye Link under the "Essential Tasks" heading
  3. Log in with your Ohio State username and password
  4. Select Add a Class under the "Academics" heading
  5. Select the appropriate semester for enrollment
  6. Enter the Class Number and select 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 or for graduate-level courses, written instructor permission will be required. Permission is granted by emailing the instructor at their lastname.#@osu.edu email address. Once permission has been received please forward the communication to program60@osu.edu and include the following information:

  • Ohio State lastname.#
  • Course Number
  • Class Number
  • Recitation and/or Lab (if applicable)
  • Instructor Name

Enrollment will be processed within our office and confirmation will be sent.

Some courses have additional permission requirements. Please review these on our Frequently Asked Questions page.

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. Select My Buckeye Link under the Essential Tasks heading
  3. Log in with your Ohio State username and password
  4. Select Make a Payment under the Finances heading
  5. Select 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. Select My Buckeye Link under the Essential Tasks heading
  3. Log in with your Ohio State username and password
  4. Select Make a Payment under the Finances heading
  5. Select Make a Payment on the Payment Options page
  6. On the OSU ePayment site, select Make a Payment under the Your Account heading
  7. Confirm how much is due and select Checkout
  8. Select the method of payment (credit card, electronic check or foreign currency) and select Continue Checkout
  9. Enter the required information in the fields and select Continue Checkout
  10. Verify that the payment information you have provided is correct and select 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. To note, there is a $30.00 enrollment fee and fee’s owed must be $150.00 or greater.