open enrollment


Definition of open enrollment

1 : the voluntary enrollment of a student in a public school other than the one assigned on the basis of residence
2 : enrollment on demand as a student in an institution of higher learning irrespective of formal qualifications

Examples of open enrollment in a Sentence

Many voters support open enrollment. the city's open enrollment policy Employees can sign up for new benefits during open enrollment.
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The annual open enrollment for Medicare Advantage and Medicare prescription plans starts Oct. 15 and runs through Dec. 7. Ricardo Alonso-zaldivar, The Seattle Times, "Medicare upgrades its website ahead of sign-up season," 2 Oct. 2018 Mayor Rahm Emanuel plans to build a new open enrollment high school somewhere on the Near West Side, according to a Chicago Public Schools budget proposal released Friday. John Byrne,, "Emanuel wants to build new Near West Side high school, according to budget plan," 6 July 2018 Democrats note that the administration cut advertising about the ACA open enrollment period by 90%. Stephanie Armour, WSJ, "Affordable Care Act Sign-Ups Lag Behind Last Year’s," 19 Dec. 2018 Consumers have been able to go online at the federal exchange,, to preview plans and prices before open enrollment begins. Stephanie Armour, WSJ, "Health Law Faces Its Toughest Stress Test Yet," 1 Nov. 2018 The district is considering increasing revenue by adding open enrollment but not in the upcoming new school year, the statement said. Darryl Enriquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "New Berlin schools wants opinion on referendum, school closure in community referendum," 23 May 2018 There’s no open enrollment for health insurance nor supplemental life insurance for entrepreneurs. Jim Chilton,, "8 essentials often ignored by entrepreneaurs," 16 Apr. 2018 Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images The Trump administration is still leaving a mark on the ACA, undermining open enrollment and creating loopholes for people to buy insurance plans that don’t comply with the health care law’s rules. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Trump’s biggest midterm blunder: embracing Obamacare repeal," 7 Nov. 2018 Lawmakers last fall eliminated two initial barriers to enrollment: The original law had limited the vouchers to students previously enrolled in a public school who had been rejected for an open enrollment slot at another public school. Annysa Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin voucher program for special needs students expected to triple next year," 12 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of open enrollment

1964, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of open enrollment

: a policy or process by which parents may send their children to a different public school than the one in their own community

: a period of time during which you can join something as a member or participant : a period of time during which you can enroll in something

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