Graduate assistants and fellows urged to verify benefit information in Workday

December 07, 2017

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — As part of Penn State’s transition to WorkLion, all graduate assistants and fellows are encouraged to verify benefit information in the new Workday system.

Workday, part of the WorkLion platform, is replacing the existing University Health Services Graduate Benefit Enrollment System (GBES). All graduate assistants and fellows enrolled in the Penn State Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) are encouraged to log in to Workday between Dec. 10, 2017, and Jan. 17, 2018, to verify that benefit information for themselves and any eligible dependents is correct. This will help avoid any unexpected disruptions in health insurance coverage.

Vision, health and dental benefits for all graduate assistants, graduate fellows and eligible dependents enrolled in the Penn State SHIP for the fall 2017 enrollment period will end Dec. 31, 2017. Spring and summer benefits begin Jan. 1, 2018. There is no gap in health insurance coverage.

This year, integration with WorkLion is expected to eliminate the one-month vendor delay that was experienced in previous years. Graduate assistants, fellows and their dependents may schedule emergency and maintenance appointments with their providers at any time.

For more information on graduate assistant vision and dental benefits, review the Graduate assistant and graduate fellow insurance policies online, or contact University Health Services office of Student Health Insurance, a unit of Student Affairs, at 814-865-7467.

For additional information on WorkLion, including launch dates and tutorials, visit

Last Updated January 15, 2018