Steps to Participate

Steps to Participate
Older student smiling in class with younger students

 

In 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.

Need help? We have resources!

View our online info session and orientation.

Download and review our step-by-step guide, equipped with screen shots, to help you complete the seven steps to participate in Program 60. Download the Participation Guide

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

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Step 1 - Complete Program Registration

Step 1 - Complete Program Registration

Note: A big red button will appear on this page during this time that will direct you to the registration. You will not be able to register before this window. We cannot process late registrations. 

Summer 2023 term Registration (application to get into the program) is from March 28th 2023 through April 19th 2023. You will not be able to register before this date. We are unable to process late registrations. 

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.

 

 


If you are already registered and have completed Step 2 and Step 3, you may continue to Step 4

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Step 2 - Activate Your Ohio State Username and BuckeyePass

Step 2 - Activate Your Ohio State Username and BuckeyePass

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

You will receive an email from the university once your identity is created. At that time, follow the directions below to set up your account.

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.

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.

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Step 3 - Log in to Your BuckeyeMail Account

Step 3 - Log in to Your BuckeyeMail Account

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

Important and time-sensitive business communications from Ohio State and Program 60 – such as your enrollment registration window notification and communications from your instructors – will be emailed to your BuckeyeMail account. We do not recommend forwarding your BuckeyeMail account to another email address.

BuckeyeMail

BuckeyeMail (lastname.#@buckeyemail.osu.edu) is your official university email account. To log in, visit buckeyemail.osu.edu. Check your email several times a week until school begins, and then daily. (Upon creating your password, it may take 24-48 to access your email)

Microsoft 365

Your BuckeyeMail also gives you access to Microsoft 365, which Program 60 participants are eligible to use for free. Your Microsoft 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 Microsoft 365, visit go.osu.edu/office365help.

 

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Step 4 - Search for Courses

Step 4 - Search for Courses

We have two primary methods to search for courses. Review both options, outlined below, to successfully search for classes at Ohio State.

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, 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. Carefully review each section of a class listing. A brief description, course fees, digital book fees, and specific information about class meetings may be listed. It is your responsibility to know if you must pay any fees for a class.
  8. 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. 
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Step 5 - Review Your To Do List

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. This has to be completed in order to enroll in courses.

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 the Administrative Resource Center for more information on holds and your To Do List.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement (this only has to be completed once, if not completed will deter you from enrolling in in-person courses)

Ohio State requires Program 60 participants to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Visit go.osu.edu/vax-requirement for more information. 

Before you begin, you will need a photo of your vaccination card or a completed COVID-19 Vaccination Exemption Form (found below the illustration of Brutus Buckeye at shs.osu.edu/my-buckmd1).

To complete the vaccination requirement, you must complete the COVID-19 Vaccination Data Consent/Release of Information AND upload either a photo of your vaccination card or a completed vaccination exemption form:

  1. Go to the My BuckMD page on the Student Health Services website, shs.osu.edu/my-buckmd1
  2. Click the first red My BuckMD link.
    My BuckID text link on the My BuckMD page of the Student Health Services website
  3. Once you are inside your My BuckMD account, click the tab My Forms.
  4. Locate the COVID-19 Vaccination Data Consent/Release of Information.
    1. Type your information into the form.
      1. If you decline to share your information with the university's public health group, you will be assigned for and required to complete weekly COVID-19 testing.
      2. If you approve sharing your information with the university's public health group, you will not have to complete weekly COVID-19 testing.
    2. Click the Submit button.
    3. Complete the digital signature.
  5. Click the tab Document Upload.
  6. Select COVID-19 Vaccination Records or COVID-19 Vaccine Exemption Form from the Document Type menu.
    Document Type select box options on the Upload Document page on the Student Health Services website
  7. Click Browse to browse your computer or device, select a photo of your vaccination card or the completed exemption form, then click Save to upload.

If you have any trouble completing these steps, please contact vaccination@osu.edu or shs@osu.edu and let them know you are a Program 60 participant.

Financial Responsibility Statement (This has to be completed every term)

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

Sexual Misconduct Prevention Course & Campus Safety Training (This has to be completed once a year)

All Program 60 participants are required to complete the online course, "U Got This!/U Got This 2!” sexual misconduct prevention course annually and Campus Safety Training annually. The interactive, easy-to-follow course takes approximately 45-60 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.

Other Vaccinations (Only if you take more than 6 credit hours)

When taking courses on campus, Ohio State may require proof of other 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.​

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Step 6 - Enroll in Courses

Step 6 - Enroll in Courses

 Summer 2023 Course Enrollment opens up April 18th and goes until  May 19th 2023. You cannot enroll in courses before this window. You must complete Step 5- Complete To Do List Items in Buckeyelink before enrolling. We cannot process late enrollments.

Note: First day of classes is one week before end of Program 60 Enrollment. It is ok to miss classes, just communicate with instructors

You also 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.

  • For courses without prerequisites, you may self enroll into the courses. (See "To enroll in courses without prerequisites" below for instructions). *You must still contact the instructor to discuss your expected participation as a Program 60 participant.
  • For courses with prerequisites, follow the steps under Instructor Permission (Enrolling in courses with prerequisites) below.
  • You will receive a notice from Program 60 once we receive permission from the instructor to enroll you into a course.​
  • ​Once we complete your enrollment, you will receive a confirmation from Program 60 of your enrollment.

To find your registration enrollment appointment:

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

To enroll in courses without prerequisites:

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

Instructor Permission (Enrolling in courses with prerequisites)

For courses with prerequisites, written instructor permission is required. Permission is requested by filling out the Program 60 Enrollment Request Form. This form sends your enrollment request to the Program 60 team and to the instructor. When the instructor responds, it goes directly to the Program 60 Team. You will not receive a response from the instructor, but you will receive a notice from Program 60. You must fill out the form for each course you wish to take that requires instructor permission. During the enrollment period, if we receive your permission, our team will enroll you into the selected courses. You will not be able to enroll yourself. 

Before you get started, you will need to know your Ohio State username (lastname.#) and the following information which can be found in My Buckeye Link:

  • Subject/Department
  • Course number (no dashes or spaces)
  • Class number
  • Recitation and/or Lab class number, if applicable
  • Instructor's email address (Enter the instructor's name into the Search Ohio State directory to find this information.)
Class details including subject, course number, class number, days and times, room, and instructor

 

Graduate and Professional Program Courses

Please use the Program 60 Enrollment Request Form to request instructor permission.

Note: After the instructor approves your enrollment request, the Program 60 coordinator must request permission from the Graduate school and Professional Programs including:

  • Graduate level courses (some 5000 level courses, all 6000 level and above)
  • Dentistry
  • Health & Wellness Innovation in Healthcare
  • Medicine
  • Nursing (Grad)
  • Optometry
  • Pharmacy 
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Public Health (Grad)

If there is space and the request is approved by the instructor AND the Graduate or Professional Representative, we will enroll you in 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 the 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.

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Step 7 - Pay Course Fees

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.


NOTE: CarmenBooks are NON-REFUNDABLE after the 2nd Friday of the term. Please review your course materials to see if you need CarmenBooks for your class. To avoid the CarmenBooks fee, opt out by the first Friday. Reach out to carmenbooks@osu.edu with any questions. Making sure you discuss with your instructor before opting out as they may want you to have the book.


 

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. 

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