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Welcome to the University Park community. As Penn State families you will notice that many things are the same for both you and your student, however, there are some differences as well. This page is intended to help you get started.

Parent & Family Checklist

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Health Care

  • All incoming students must submit immunization records prior to arrival on campus (most of our change-of-campus students have done this at their first campus, however, they should visit the Immunization website and myUHS to confirm)
  • All full-time domestic students are required to submit their health insurance coverage information via LionPATH after registering for classes
  • Remind your student to copy and bring insurance and prescription cards with them
  • Remind your student to bring information about their current and maintenance prescription medications

Tuition & Money Matters

  • Ask your student if they received the email with the tuition bill
  • Remind your student to consent to do business electronically and to sign the Financial Responsibility Agreement (FRA) in LionPATH prior to enrolling in classes
  • Plan for future semesters at
  • Add funds to student's LionCash account
  • Remind your student to check their Penn State email account frequently. University offices or departments will communicate important information to the student's Penn State e-mail address (


Topics to Discuss with Your Student

  • Encourage your student to participate in Welcome Week activities:
  • 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
  • Explore programs and services available to assist your student
  • Provide a reminder of life skills (including doing laundry, managing a bank account, eating well, accessing healthcare) especially if your student is moving into a residence hall or apartment
  • Remind your student to add their cell phone number to the PSU Alert System at to receive text and/or voice alerts.

Parents & Families Weekend