What is Open Season?
Open Season is the period of time in which eligible employees can enroll in an FSA offered through FSAFEDS. It’s always held concurrently with the Federal Benefits Open Season from mid-November to mid-December.
Enrollment in an FSA is completely voluntary. That’s why you must choose to enroll each year – your participation will not automatically carry over from year to year. Your elections during Open Season are effective for the benefit period (also called a plan year) that follows.
Please know, while the FSAFEDS Open Season coincides with the Federal Benefits Open Season, FSAFEDS is administered very differently. Your employing agency does not play a part in the FSAFEDS enrollment process. You enroll directly with FSAFEDS each year.
How to Enroll
To enroll during Open Season, log in to your online account, click Enrollment, and follow the step-by-step instructions.
If you have questions during the enrollment process, contact our FSAFEDS Benefits Counselors. Call us toll-free at 877-FSAFEDS (372-3337), TTY: 866-353-8058, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. Eastern Time. We can also enroll you over the phone if you do not have access to the Internet.
Please do not contact your employing agency since it does not handle FSAFEDS enrollments.
You may change your election and allotment amount as often as you want during the Open Season timeframe. As of midnight on the day that Open Season ends, your last election and allotment amount becomes your final election.
Once Open Season ends, you cannot change your enrollment unless you experience a qualifying life event (PDF).
After You Enroll
- After enrolling, you have the opportunity to print your confirmation for your records or save it to your computer. You will also be able to access your confirmation statement through your online account.
- If your election is incorrect (perhaps you entered the wrong amount for your allotment, or you enrolled in a Dependent Care FSA when you meant to select a Health Care FSA), you can correct your election by contacting an FSAFEDS Benefits Counselor toll-free at 877-FSAFEDS (372-3337), TTY: 866-353-8058, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. Eastern Time.