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Next Steps for Newly Admitted Graduate Students

Visit Your PAWS Account & Activate Your CampusID
You will use the PAWS (Panther Acess to Web Services) portal to register for classes, view your grades, check your account balance, and view other personal records. To enter PAWS you will need to activate your Campus ID. Newly admitted students will be able to logon to PAWS the day after they are accepted, as the creation of a new PAWS account is an overnight process.

Access Your Email Account
Every student at Georgia State University is assigned an email account. Establish your account at the technology site, and while there discover the computer discounts, free anti-virus software, and GSU’s wireless network available to all students.

Verify Citizenship
In order to register for classes, all students admitted to Georgia State University must show proof of citizenship. You may already have done so by uploading documents with your application, or by applying for FAFSA and identifying GSU as a recipient. For complete information regarding documentation and citizenship verification, please refer to the Citizenship Verification page of the College of Education & Human Development website.

Register for Classes
The Registration Guide provides tutorials on how to register for a course, drop a course, view your current schedule, and trouble shoot any error message you might see. The site provides direct links to PAWS, Catalogs and Course Schedules, and the One Stop Shop. Newly admitted students will be able to logon to PAWS the day after they are accepted, as the creation of a new PAWS account is an overnight process.

Pick Up Your Panther Card
Get your Panther Card, the official Georgia State University identification card. Your Panther Card is your library card, access card to campus facilities, and more!

Submit Your Immunization Records Before Classes Begin
All new students attending Georgia State University for the first time must provide evidence of required immunizations. Please complete the Required Certificate of Immunization form and fax it to the Student Health Clinic (fax number is on the form).

Pay Your Tuition and Fees
Once you have registered for courses, review and pay your tuition and fees through PAWS. Tuition and fees are due on the last day of regular registration before classes begin. Consult the registration calendar and note the tuition and fees due date.

Review Health Insurance Requirements
The following graduate students are required to have health insurance: all graduate international students holding “F” or “J” visas, graduate students receiving a full-time tuition waiver as part of their graduate assistantship award, and graduate students receiving fellowships that fully fund their tuition. The Student Accounts office provides complete information about student health insurance, including the option to waive out of the mandatory plan.

Explore Financial Aid & Scholarship Options
The Financial Aid Office is committed to helping you determine the best way to pay for your education. Your first step is to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and identify GSU as a recipient. In addition, GSU offers a wide variety of scholarships to its students; be sure to investigate what’s offered.

Getting Around: Transportation & Parking
Visit the parking and transportation website for information about on-campus parking permits, free off-campus parking and Panther Express Shuttle Service, as well as information about discounted MARTA (rail line) monthly passes.

Get to Know Your Campus
To help you navigate your campus, review the interactive campus map. Or you might want to take a virtual tour!

Read Your Catalog
Every graduate student should be familiar with the Graduate Catalog, especially their program information, and policies and procedures of the College of Education & Human Development and Georgia State University policies and procedures. Your term of admission or reentry determines your catalog year.

Advising for Your Major Program
For appointments, program advisors may be contacted at their department. Your major program is listed in your letter of admission; if you are unsure of your major department, refer to the College of Education & Human Development graduate program list:

Department Contact Information
Counseling & Psychological Services (CPS) 950 CEHD 404-413-8010
Early Childhood and Elementary Education (ECEE) 550 CEHD 404-413-8020
Educational Policy Studies (EPS) 450 CEHD 404-413-8030
Educational Psychology, Special Education, and Communication Disorders (ESC) 835 CEHD 404-413-8040
Kinesiology & Health (KH) 137 Sports Arena 404-413-8050
Learning Technologies Division (LTD) 233-242 CEHD 404-413-8064
Middle and Secondary Education (MSE) 639 CEHD 404-413-8060