open enrollment


Definition of open enrollment

1a chiefly US : the voluntary enrollment of a student in a public school other than the one assigned on the basis of residence Carnegie Vanguard High would continue to offer open enrollment to students from across the district and would still likely offer transportation to all its students.— Shelby Webb
b chiefly US : enrollment on demand as a student in an institution of higher learning irrespective of formal qualifications Open enrollment, long the hallmark of the community college, may soon be a thing of the past.— Rick Diguette
2 chiefly US : a period of time during which someone can join something (such as a health insurance plan) as a member or participant : a period of time during which a person can enroll in something Just one in four people who buy their own insurance or who are uninsured could name the correct deadline (December 15) for open enrollment, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll taken last month.— Dylan Scott

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Finding the right systems for a human resource information system (HRIS), hiring, performance management, employee surveys and open enrollment will make everyone's work more enjoyable. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 15 June 2022 The last-minute push to expand open enrollment in Iowa came after Republicans’ education agenda for the year largely collapsed. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 31 May 2022 Medicare, individual/family plans, and Marketplace plans have open enrollment in the late fall. The Salt Lake Tribune, 16 May 2022 Leaders like Governor Fife Symington, Superintendent of Public Instruction Lisa Graham Keegan and Democratic Representative Armando Ruiz, who worked in a bipartisan way to create new opportunities for students — open enrollment, charter schools. The Arizona Republic, 10 Jan. 2022 Open Enrollment Period – Your employer chooses its open enrollment period each year. The Salt Lake Tribune, 16 May 2022 The state agency’s most recent enrollment snapshot with county-level data was published in September, before the open enrollment period for 2022 coverage started. Paul Sisson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Mar. 2022 Everyone else signs up during the annual open enrollment, typically from November to January. Julie Appleby, Fortune, 4 Apr. 2022 One person's health status at open enrollment is not necessarily their status six months later. Gary Drenik, Forbes, 14 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of open enrollment

1920, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Open enrollment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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