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  • Open Enrollment

    This year's Open Enrollment period begins on Monday 10/19/20 and ends on Friday, 11/13/2020. The New School has designed a benefits plan to meet the needs of our diverse employees. Please review this important information regarding your elections by selecting the page in the navigation to the left that applies to you.

    A thorough understanding of your benefits options can help you ensure that you have the appropriate level of coverage for you and your family's needs, and that you have chosen the most cost effective plan for your needs.

    Please click here to access the Aetna Presentation on our medical, dental, vision and Rx plans. 

    We are pleased to announce that we have launched a Benefits Virtual Fair. Please follow the link below to take you to the fair! The Virtual Fair will be available from now until the end of Open Enrollment (November 13, 2020) Virtual Benefits Fair URL:

    Below you will find the most common questions about Open Enrollment that apply to all New School employees.


  • What is Open Enrollment?

    Open Enrollment, sometimes referred to as annual enrollment, is the window of opportunity occurring once a year when employees of The New School may make changes to their elected fringe benefit options such as health insurance, dental insurance, flexible spending, etc.

    When is the 2021 Open Enrollment period?

    Open Enrollment begins on October 19 and lasts through November 13, 2020. Changes become effective January 1, 2021.

    How do I change my benefits?

    All changes to your elections will have to be made through the university's online self-service system, MyDay. You may review all current and future benefit elections through your MyDay portal.

    What is my username and password for MyDay?

    You will use the same username and password to sign into MyDay that you use to sign into your the New School email address. Please note that two step authentication through Duo may be required for certain individuals. For any assistance with MyDay contact

    Can I enroll via MyDay on my personal computer or mobile device?

    Yes. You can enroll in or change your benefits from any computer with internet access during the Open Enrollment period.

    Can I change my benefits at any time?

    Generally you may only change your elections for the following plans once a year, during the university's annual Open Enrollment period. However, you may change your elections during the calendar year if you experience a change in Status (also known as a qualifying life event) as defined by the Internal Revenue Code.

    These benefits include:

    • Health Plans
    • Dental Plan
    • Flexible Spending Accounts (Health Care or Dependent Care)
    • Supplemental Life Insurance

    Please Note: Not all benefits may apply to all employees.

    Do I have access to other benefits in addition to those I can only change during Open Enrollment?

    Yes. You can newly enroll, discontinue or make changes to the following benefits any time throughout the year:

    • Retirement Plans (Tax Deferred Annuity)
    • Qualified Transportation (Pre/Post Tax Transit and Parking)

    What is a change of status/qualifying life event?

    You can change your benefits within 31 days of a qualifying life event, which include:

    • Marriage
    • Divorce
    • Change in your spouse or qualified domestic partner's employment status
    • New child
    • Death in your family

    If it's not clear whether or not your life event qualifies, contact For instructions on submitting a qualifying life event please visit our webpage.

    What if I don't want to make any changes to my Benefits?

    If you wish to participate in a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) you must take action during the annual Open Enrollment Period. Your 2020 elections for FSA will not carry over into 2021.

    Also, if you have a Health Savings Account (HSA) in combination with your High Deductible Health Plan, you will need to open a new account with Payflex, as we will no longer have Optum back. More information and the application will be sent to members in this particular plan who need to take action.

    All other benefits will continue unless you make changes during Open Enrollment. However, we highly recommend that you review your benefits to make sure that you have selected the best options for you and/or your family.

    Can I make corrections to my open enrollment elections after submitting them?

    You are permitted to make changes to your benefits elections directly in MyDay at anytime from October 19, 2020 through November 13, 2020. Following November 13, 2020, you will no longer be able to make additional updates to your benefit elections.

    Who should I contact if I have questions about my benefits?

    Please access our webpage for contact information for all of our benefits vendors, here. For further assistance contact the Benefits unit at

    How can I find out which doctors and hospitals participate in my health plan?

    To find medical health care providers, go or download the Attain by Aetna app.  You can also call Aetna at 833-770-1099 for provider information.

    How can I find out which dentists participate in my dental plan?

    To find dental providers, go or download the Attain by Aetna app.  You can also call Aetna at 833-770-1099 for provider information.