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Family Essentials

Family Essentials

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Explore Family Essentials to find key information and foundational resources to help you and your incoming Sun Devil make a successful transition to the college experience. Learn about items requiring immediate attention — such as immunization records and financial aid applications — how to get connected as a new ASU family member, basic terms you and your student will encounter along the way, and more.

Family Essentials covers lots of information to get you and your student started on their transition to ASU. We encourage you to review all of the information below and use the Family and Student Action Item lists to keep track of necessary tasks. To quickly access a particular section, use the navigation links below.

College Basics

As you and your student navigate the transition to ASU, you’ll find college is a lot different than high school. College Basics provides you with the resources you need to support your student during this transition, including FERPA and My ASU Guest Access, the college terminology your student will be using, campus tours and student communications.

Living on Campus

Sun Devils begin their ASU journey living on campus in a Residential College, a supportive, close-knit community designed to foster academic success. Your ASU student will live and learn together with classmates in the same college, surrounded by amenities, programs and events tailored to their major. All first-year students are expected to live on campus to take advantage of these benefits.

As a family member, you may want to start designing the perfect room for your Sun Devil. This step is best saved until after your student receives confirmation of their room and roommate assignment. Here are a few steps to get you started to pave the way for a successful move-in this fall. To learn more about what to expect during your student’s first year in  an ASU Residence Hall, visit our Family Connection series video The first year on campus at ASU

Financial Planning

ASU provides families and students with a wide range of resources to plan for college finances. Your student should first complete the FAFSA, with your assistance. This a critical first step in order to qualify for financial aid and scholarships.
We also encourage you to discuss finances with your student. Clearly discuss expectations and budgeting, and advise them to make use of the many tools on financial services website to help with that. Below you’ll find more information on the next steps for financial planning.

Family Resources

ASU Family is excited to partner with you to help you create your own vibrant ASU experience as an involved family member. We encourage you to take advantage of the array of resources available to you, including engagement, learning and involvement opportunities for every member of your Sun Devil family, tools and advice to help you support your student, and much more.
Get started now on your journey as an ASU family member and explore these many opportunities and resources.

Family Action Items

Complete your family “to-do” list for the Family Essentials module to prepare for the next phase of your transition in Family Sessions.

Critical Conversations

Begin discussing expectations with your student about their College Experience. We’ve compiled some of the most critical conversations and questions for families and parents to explore as they prepare for the transition to College

Start the conversation

Health Insurance

Apply for ASU student health insurance and/or check if ASUHS accepts your current plan

Insurance options

Parental Consent Form

If your student will be UNDER 18 when beginning at ASU, complete the parental consent to grant ASU Health Services permission to treat your student

Complete the form

Student Communications

Encourage your student to regularly check their new ASU email account as this will be how the university shares all critical information.

Student email accessible in their MyASU



Contact ASU Family at with any questions you may have, our team is here to assist! We also encourage you to follow ASU Family on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on all things ASU.