Your student has a list of items to complete before attending NSO. Please encourage them to return to their Pre-NSO homework to complete it before their visit to campus. We’ve also compiled materials that will help you support your student in their transition to Penn State. To prepare for NSO, family members can:
Become familiar with Penn State's academic requirements
Academic advisers help students know which classes to take for their degree, but it helps to have an idea of what is required. Please view our General Education at Penn State overview.
Please encourage your student to download and complete our Transfer Credit Worksheet. This worksheet asks students to list their Advanced Placement (AP) exams, Advanced Level (A-Level) exams, International Baccalaureate (IB) exams, or courses for college credit at another instiution. In consultation with their academic adviser at NSO, students will decide how to best use these credits at Penn State. Students can find this worksheet on their Pre-NSO Homework.
Review financial planning for Penn State
There are many campus resources available to assist your student in planning how they will pay for their Penn State education.
- Tuition rates are set each July by the Board of Trustees. You can view historical tuition schedules here.
- Semester bills are generated by the Office of the Bursar. Their website has details about billing, payment due dates, and payment options.
- View information from the Office of the Bursar, including a video overview of how to access and pay the tuition bill here.
- Penn State's Office of Student Aid provides details for parents and families about your student's eligibility and how to apply for financial assistance.
- Our Net Price Calculator can help you develop a plan for future educational expenses.
- The Sokolov-Miller Family Financial and Life Skills Center offers information to help your student make smart decisions about managing their money.
Learn about Delegated Access and Authorized Payer in LionPATH
LionPATH is Penn State's Student Information System. This is where your student will access their educational records and pay their tuition bill. They are able to grant access to others using the Delegated Access and Authorized Payer system. Your student is responsible for setting up Delegated Access and Authorized Payer. They will need your personal email address to provide access. When you have been granted access by your student, you will receive an email invitation with instructions on how to access LionPATH.
You can learn more by visiting our LionPATH Help Page for parents and families.
Meet university immunization requirements
Visit the University Health Services website for information on required immunizations and to download the Penn State Immunization Verification Form. Using the two-step process outlined on the website, please make sure that your student submits their information to myUHS prior to arriving on campus.
Step 1: PRINT and TAKE the Penn State Immunization Verification Form to your health care provider for completion.
Step 2: Have your student Log in to myUHS using their Penn State access credentials, and upload images of the completed Penn State Immunization Verification Form and, if applicable, any positive antibody titer blood test results.
For questions or more information, this FAQ page may help. Some students, such as student athletes or students in certain health-related majors, may be asked to submit immunization information. These students must also submit health insurance information to University Health Services using this process.
Submit health insurance information through LionPATH
Penn State asks that all students submit their current health insurance information. After registering for class, your student should log in to LionPATH and visit the Health Insurance page to submit this information using their health insurance card.
For more information about Health Insurance at Penn State, please visit the University Health Services website.
Learn more about the Penn State Parent and Family Experience
Student success improves when parents and families are appropriately involved with their student throughout their time in college. One of the best ways to support your student is to become familiar with the campus resources that can help your student navigate the challenges and triumphs of college life. The Penn State Parent and Family Experience provides you with a portal designed to keep you up-to-date on campus news, resources, and much more.
Visit the Penn State Parents Program to learn more.