Resources for Parents and Families

Resources for Parents and Families

Support Your Student’s Success

You’re invested in your student’s success in higher education, from the time you begin visiting and applying to colleges through their post-graduation life as they launch their careers. As a parent or guardian, you’re there to provide support, direction and guidance. Clarkson University understands this and sees parents and families as integral to our community and the success of all students.

In turn, we welcome your participation through each stage and keep communication lines open.

Family Weekend

Each fall, we invite parents and families to experience the Potsdam campus with their students. Review the schedule of all upcoming events, and find travel information.

Family Weekend FAQs

Support Services Available

As a parent or guardian providing guidance to your student, understand the support services available at Clarkson, from academic assistance to career development to student health and counseling and requesting accommodations.

Making Tuition Payments

To make an online tuition payment, please visit Nelnet at if you've already created an account.

If your student has not yet added you as an authorized party, please ask them to go to their myCU account, choose Financials and then choose Nelnet. On the home screen in Nelnet, they'll need to select "Add an Authorized Party." Once added, the parent or authorized person will receive an email invite from Nelnet to create an account. Questions can be sent to or answered by phone at 315-268-6451.

Payment Information

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Commencement Ceremonies

Clarkson offers graduation ceremonies each year for various bachelor's, master's, doctoral and certificate programs. We encourage you to learn more about our different ceremonies and stay up to date on information as it becomes available throughout the year by visiting the Commencement page.

Learn More About Commencement

Contact the Division of Student Affairs

Have questions about parental involvement or resources available to you or your student? Contact the Division of Student Affairs:

Vice President for Student Affairs: Brian T. Grant 
Location: 2308 Educational Resources Center, CU Box 5605 
Phone: 315-268-6463

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