Completing the Pre-New Student Orientation (NSO) Homework
Parents, we’ve compiled a list of items that you and/or your student needs to complete before the semester begins.
□ Encourage your student to complete their NSO task list and check their progress. It contains many helpful things for students to do before, during and after NSO.
Submitting Healthcare Information
□ All incoming students must submit proof of immunization to University Health Services prior to NSO.
□ All students must submit proof of adequate health insurance in LionPATH.
□ Students without health insurance can purchase the Penn State Student Health Insurance Plan.
□ Make a copy of insurance and prescription cards for your student to take to school.
Paying the Tuition Bill
□ If you plan to view and pay your student’s tuition bill, your student first needs to grant you parent/family “Authorized Payer Access” in LionPATH.
□ All students must sign the Financial Responsibility Agreement in LionPATH prior to enrolling in classes every semester.
□ The student and authorized payers on the student account receive an email when the tuition statements are ready. (Payments are typically due on the 22nd of the month.)
□ To plan for future semesters, please refer to tuition.psu.edu. (Tuition rates for the academic year are set in mid-July.)
Preparing for the Semester
□ View the academic calendar.
□ Encourage your student to map out the location of their classes in advance.
□ Explore purchasing or renting textbooks.
□ Add cell phone numbers to the PSU Alert system to receive urgent text and/or voice alerts.
□ Add funds to your student’s LionCash+ account.
□ If desired, your student can grant their parent(s) Delegated Access in LionPATH to view class schedule, grades, etc.
□ Stay up to date on the latest coronavirus-related questions and answers by visiting the updates section of Penn State’s comprehensive coronavirus FAQ. View campus-specific coronavirus information as well.
Reminders for Parents and Families
□ Sign up to receive emails from the Parent & Family Experience portal.
General Topics for Discussion
□ Encourage your student to participate in campus welcome activities and get involved on campus.
□ Discuss campus safety and decisions regarding alcohol and drug use.
□ Discuss time management, study skills, and mutual expectations for staying in touch.
□ Talk about how your student will finance their education.
□ Provide reminder of life skills (including doing laundry, managing bank account, eating well, etc.)
□ Remind your student to check their Penn State email account frequently.
Stay Connected Online
Email: After your student obtains a Penn State account (e.g., abc1234), University offices or departments will communicate important information to the student’s Penn State e-mail address (firstname.lastname@example.org). Students can check their Penn State e-mail account via Office 365.
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