Admitted Graduate Student Next Steps

    • Activate your CampusID. Your Campus ID is your passport to access online services at Georgia State.
    • Set up your student email account. All official communication form the university is sent to your student email.
    • Access your PAWS (Panther Access to Web Services) account. This is the online system you will use to register for classes, view academic records, update personal information, view financial aid, pay tuition and fees, and much more!
The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia requires that any student applying to Georgia State University will be required to provide verification of their lawful presence in the United State before admission to the university can be finalized. Specific information on this requirement is located at this webpage. Submit your lawful presence documentation through the "Upload Materials" section at the bottom of your application status page.  Select "Citizenship Verification" and "Browse" to find your file, then click "Upload."  Questions regarding the verification process may be directed to the GSU Office of Graduate Admissions at
Submit your immunization records by the first day of classes. Find the immunization form here. If you can't secure immunization records, you can receive the needed vaccines from your local health department, private physician or the Georgia State University Health Services. There is a fee at all locations for vaccines. For more information on GSU's services or if you have questions about the immunization requirements, visit the University Health Services web page.
To ensure Georgia State University can reach you or close contact person in case of an emergency each student must update his or her information each semester. A hold is placed on your PAWS account each semester to remind you to update your information. Instructions on removing the hold are located here.
If you have not already done so, you are required to turn in an official transcript from all post-secondary institutions attended, and an official, final transcript and degree certificate showing proof of earned degree from your graduating institution (unless Georgia State University) before the first day of classes. Review your application status page for outstanding transcripts required, and our transcript submission page for details about how to submit your transcripts. You should submit that transcript to :
For Regular Mail In-person or Express Carrier Official Electronic
Office of Admissions - Graduate Programs
Georgia State University
P.O. Box 4018
Atlanta, GA 30302
Office of Admission - Graduate Programs
Georgia State University - Sparks Hall 325
33 Gilmer Street SE
Atlanta, GA 30303
Filling out your FAFSA application is important if you are looking for any type of federal financial aid (loans, grants etc.). If you have not already filled the form out take a few minutes to do so here. You will be able to review your award status online through your PAWS account once it is processed and sent to GSU. For questions about federal financial aid, contact the Office of Student Financial Aid.
The PantherCard is the official Georgia State University identification card.  It is used for library privileges, after hours access and can also be used as a debit card for PantherCash. PantherCards are available online at the PantherCard Office.
Once registered you should check your tuition and fees through PAWS. You may review student tuition and fees on the student accounts page. Please note that tuition and fees are due on the last day of regular registration before classes begin. You should check the registration calendar and make note of the due date.
Students have multiple transportation options including: discounted monthly MARTA cards, shuttle service, and on-campus parking. All parking requires that a vehicle be pre-registered and display a valid parking permit. Vehicle registration can only be done online through PAWS/GoSOLAR. Complete and current information can be found online or by calling the Auxiliary Services Office at (404) 413-9500.
Students receiving a Graduate Research Assistantship (GRA) and International Students are required to carry health insurance.  For more information on this requirement please review the mandatory health insurance plan provided by the University System of Georgia.  A voluntary plan is also made available for students not covered under the mandatory plan.
Atlanta and the surrounding area have many affordable housing options for graduate students. If you are interested in living on campus, you should apply for housing via the online housing application. Georgia State also offers an off-campus housing site to start your housing search.
As a new student of the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies you are also part of the Georgia State University community. Plan a campus tour to find important locations, resources and opportunities on campus. You can also take a virtual tour of campus.
Atlanta is a great place to study and live.  Metro Atlanta offers a number of events to attend places to see and activities in which to participate.  See what Atlanta has to offer with the Ambassador Force of Downtown Atlanta and the Atlanta Tourism Bureau.