Information On The Coronavirus

Recent Updates: The New School has released its academic plan for 2020-21 and a phased reopening plan for its New York campus. Please check the Parsons Paris website for information about our Paris campus. Learn more.

  • Changing Your Elections

    Qualified Transportation Expense and Tax-Deferred Annuity Plans

    You can make changes to these plans once a month by initiating a benefits event in MyDay.  Follow these instructions to make a Qualified Transportation Expense change and follow these instructions to make a change to your Tax Deferred Annuity election. Your change will take effect on the first of the month following the date of your MyDay change. For further assistance with MyDay, contact For any benefits assistance, contact Benefits Help at 212.229.5671 x4942 or visit Human Resources at 80 Fifth Avenue, 8th floor, New York City.

    If you and/or your qualified dependent(s) lose eligibility under CHIP (Children's Health Insurance Program) or Medicaid or have been determined eligible for state premium assistance under either the CHIP or Medicaid programs, you and your qualified dependents have 60 days from the date coverage ends or the eligibility determination date to end coverage or enroll.

    Health Care, Dental Care, and Flexible Spending Accounts

    Generally you may only change your elections for these plans once a year, during the university's annual Open Enrollment period. However, you may change your elections during the calendar year if you have a Change in Status as defined by the Internal Revenue Code.

    Change requests must be made no later than 31 days after the date of the status change as described below.

  • Types of Status Change

    Marital Status Change

    Marriage, death of spouse, divorce or annulment, legal separation.

    Dependent Status Change

    Birth, adoption or placement for adoption, death of dependent child, newly eligible dependents due to plan design change, dependent no longer eligible according to the terms of the plan, loss of student status, marriage of dependent child.

    Domestic Partner Status Change

    Domestic partner gain or loss of other coverage, a newly established domestic partnership, termination of an existing domestic partnership.

    Loss of Coverage

    Employee or dependent loses other coverage.

    Employment Status Change of Employee, Spouse, Domestic Partner or Dependent Child

    Commencement or termination of employment, commencement or return from an unpaid leave of absence, change in employment classification that affects the individual's eligibility under the plans, and change in worksite.

    Judgments, Decrees and Orders

    You or another individual is required to provide health coverage for your dependent child(ren).


    Establishing a domestic partnership with a state or local municipality, or termination of a domestic partnership or change in residence of the employee, spouse, domestic partner or dependent child(ren).

    For Dependent Care FSA only

    The provider of the dependent care changes or your cost for dependent care significantly increases or decreases.

  • In the case of the birth of a child, the change becomes effective on the child's date of birth.  All other changes become effective the first of the month following the event.

    If You and/or Your Dependent(s) Experience a Change in Status

    1. You must initiate a benefits event through MyDay by clicking on the benefits worklet. MyDay can be accessed through your apps locker on your New School homepage.
    2. You must attach documentation to your benefits event supporting the Change in Status, which clearly indicates the date the change is effective, for example, letter from a spouse or domestic partner's employer indicating loss of coverage.
    3. You must attach a copy of supporting dependent documentation (if not already on file with Human Resources), such as a marriage certificate, child's birth certificate, or the Statement of Domestic Partnership (PDF).

    For any assistance with MyDay, contact or contact Benefits at 212.229.5671 x4942.