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As new members of the Penn State community, there is a lot of new information to learn. 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. Visit the Immunization website for more information
  • 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

  • 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 email address
  • 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 for classes
  • Discuss getting online access with your student, as they must "delegate access" to you in order for parents to view student information
  • If you are paying tuition, ask your student to add you as an "authorized payer" on their account
  • Plan for future semesters at
  • Add funds to student's LionCash account

Topics to Discuss with Your Student

  • Remind your student to complete online modules
  • 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 reminder of life skills (including doing laundry, managing a bank account, eating well)
  • Remind your student to add their cell phone number to the PSU Alert System at to receive text and/or voice alerts.

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