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Parent and Family FAQ

Got questions? We’ve got you covered! Read on for answers to our most common questions.

Move-In and Orientation

When do students living on campus move in for the fall quarter? When do students living on campus move out for the summer?
Each college hosts its own move in for students living on campus. Typically, move in is the third week of September for first-year students and the third Saturday of September for returning students. Move out is 24 hours after the student's last final exam or after Commencement. Visit the Housing Dining Services website for information on move in and move out, and refer to your student’s college:

Is there anything else my student needs to do after they accept their offer of admission to UC San Diego?

Your student will follow instructions on their Triton Checklist. The Triton Checklist is only accessible to students, who must enter the required credentials. The Triton Checklist advises your student on additional documents to turn in to the university (e.g., health records, official transcripts), sign up for new student orientation, view financial aid estimates and scholarship awards, get a campus card, and more. Encourage your student to regularly visit the Triton Checklist to make sure they stay on top of everything the university requires. Many items, like waiving student health insurance, have a strict deadline.

How do I register for parent and family orientation?
Your student's college hosts orientation for parents and families. Your student will be instructed to register first, after which you will receive an email to register for the program. Visit your student's college for information about dates, location, cost and more.

Are there other orientation programs my student or I should know about?
In addition to the college orientation programs for parents, families and students, there is also an orientation for new international students and for the parents and families of new international students. It is required for new international students to attend the orientation. It is highly recommended families of new international students attend the family program.

Programs and Visiting Campus

When is Homecoming and Family Weekend?
Homecoming and Family Weekend takes place in October and invites parents, families and friends of undergraduate students, as well as alumni and athletes, to celebrate being a Triton. It is a great time to reconnect with your student and the campus through a variety of traditions, events, food and sports. Visit our Homecoming and Family Weekend page to learn more.


When is commencement, and how do I prepare for it?
Commencement traditionally takes place in the second week of June, typically during Father's Day weekend. Visit for information about dates, location, speaker, college ceremonies, parking and more.


As a family of an international student applying for a visa, do I need an invitation from the university to participate in programs?
A family of an incoming international student can apply for a B-2 visitor visa by visiting the State Department webpage. A family member of a current international student can ask their student to make the request via their IPortal and follow the steps within the portal.

Tuition and Records

Can I see my student's record?

Tuition Records:
Your student can grant a parent or guardian access to view and manage their tuition bill by following steps listed on our Accessing Your Student's Bill

Educational Records:
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 restricts UC San Diego from releasing a student's grades, course schedule or other academic information to anyone other than the student. As such, the university does not have a process for students to grant family members access to their class schedule or grades. Students can verbally communicate with their parents or guardians about grades, should they choose to do so. Check out our Academic Resources page to learn more about FERPA.

Medical records: Contact Student Health Services for information on release of medical records at (858) 534-3300 or visit their Medical Records page for more information.


When is tuition due?
The university bills the student's account three times during the year — once per quarter (fall, winter and spring quarters). To view tuition due dates, visit the Billing Due Dates


How do I resolve login issues associated with viewing my student billing account?
To troubleshoot login issues, see the Accessing Your Student's Bill section of our Paying the Bill webpage.


How do I learn about my student’s tuition bill, loans and scholarships, and methods of payment?
Visit our Frequently Asked Questions About Paying the Bill to learn more about billing due dates, how to pay tuition from a variety of accounts (e.g., 529 college savings), how to make payments from outside the U.S., an installment payment plan, when financial aid is dispersed, the school insurance waiving period, on- and off-campus information, obtaining past tax information, and more.

Staying Up-to-Date

Is there an academic calendar that I can refer to?
The university's academic calendar shows when class begins and ends, school breaks and finals week.


How do I sign up to receive emails from the university?
Visit our Staying Informed page to sign up for the Parent and Family Programs mailing list and explore other sources of UC San Diego news you can subscribe to.

Your student can also need to add your email through TritonLink, their student portal. Note: Only your student has access to their TritonLink.

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Contact Us

Parents' Helpline: (858) 534-7273