Parent and Family Resources
As a guardian, you can support your student(s) by partnering with us to guide them to a variety of University resources, encouraging them to make positive decisions, and embracing this new chapter in their lives.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of your student’s educational records. Under the terms of FERPA, the University may not share a student’s educational records without their prior consent. Education records include, but are not limited to, grade reports, transcripts, and other academic files.
If your student wishes, they may grant you permission to access specific records by establishing an authorized user through their SIS self-service account.
Verification of Enrollment
This is a document proving that a student was or was not enrolled in some capacity during a certain time frame. Students can access and print an enrollment verification certificate from the National Student Clearinghouse at any time through their SIS self-service account. Students may also request an official verification letter from the Office of the Registrar using our contact form.
Student Health Insurance
It is University policy that all full-time students maintain adequate health insurance coverage to provide protection against unexpected accidents and illnesses. Students will be automatically enrolled in the university’s student-sponsored health benefits plan every academic year for annual coverage beginning August 15th. Students are billed to their student account in two separate payments for the annual plan premium. Half of the plan premium is billed prior to the start of the fall term, and the other half of the plan premium is billed prior the start of the spring term. Cost of coverage and additional plan information can be found on the JHU benefits website.
Students with existing comparable health insurance coverage must submit a waiver request each year through their SIS self-service account during the open enrollment period beginning July 1st, with a deadline of September 15th. New students admitted to the University for the Spring term have from December 15th until February 14th to waive coverage. No late waivers or mid-plan waivers will be accepted. Waiver instructions can be found on our Student Health Benefits page.
Note: University policy requires all international students on a F1 or J1 visa to remain enrolled in the Student Health Benefits Plan, no waivers are allowed for this student population. Domestic graduate students enrolled in a part-time program and registered for less than three courses are not eligible to enroll in the Student Health Benefits Plan.
More Helpful Resources
Additional information and links to other JHU offices are available on the Office of Family Engagement website to help you stay informed and support your student.