New Student Transitions & Family Programming

Welcome to EWU!

We’re thrilled you’ve decided to attend Eastern! Our New Student Transition & Family Programming team is here to help you and your family in the transition to college and to succeed throughout your time at EWU.

For Students For Families

Family Programming

Our E-Blast will include a quarterly newsletter and newsflashes emailed to you directly with the following information:

  • News from the Office for New Student Transitions and Family Programming
  • Parent information
  • Information to pass on to your student
  • Upcoming campus events
  • And more!

Subscribe to the EWU Parent E-Blast

The quarterly newsletter provides parents with information on upcoming events, important dates and deadlines, and useful information to help your student(s) succeed.


Winter Newsletter (Published 12/15/20)


Fall Newsletter (Published 9/13/19)
Winter Newsletter (Published 12/9/19)
Spring Newsletter (Published 3/19/20)


Fall Newsletter (Published 9/12/18)
Winter Newsletter (Published 12/21/18)
Spring Newsletter (Published 3/25/19)


Fall Newsletter (Published on 9/14/17)
Winter Newsletter (Published 12/12/17)
Spring Newsletter (Published 3/22/18)

Family events are held throughout the academic year to help you connect with EWU and serve as a support for your student. Events may include keynote speakers, faculty and student panels, receptions, and other useful and fun activities.

Save the Date
2021 Eagle Family Homecoming

Homecoming Game: October 16, 2021
Other Eagle Family Homecoming dates will be announced as they become available.

Winter Quarter

Event Date(s)
Classes Begin Monday, Jan. 4
Last Day for 100% Refund Monday, Jan. 11
Schedule Change Fee Assessment Begins for Dropped Classes Tuesday, Jan. 12
Last Day to Drop Without a “W”* Friday, Jan. 15
Last Day for 50% Refund Wednesday, Feb. 3
Finals Tuesday-Friday, Mar. 16-19
Last Day of Quarter Friday, Mar. 19
Spring Break Monday-Friday, Mar. 22-26


Spring Quarter

Event Date(s)
Classes Begin Monday, Mar. 29
Last Day for 100% Refund Monday, Apr. 5
Schedule Change Fee Assessment Begins for Dropped Classes Tuesday, Apr. 6
Last Day to Drop Without a “W”* Friday, Apr. 9
Last Day for 50% Refund Wednesday, Apr. 28
Finals Monday-Friday, Jun. 7-11
Last Day of Quarter Friday, Jun. 11


Spring Semester

Event Date(s)
Classes Begin Monday, Jan. 11
Last Day for 100% Refund Tuesday, Jan. 19
Schedule Change Fee Assessment Begins for Dropped Classes Tuesday, Jan. 19
Last Day to Drop Without a “W”* Friday, Jan. 22
Last Day for 50% Refund Tuesday, Feb. 9
Spring Break Monday-Friday, Mar. 15-19
Finals Monday-Friday, May. 3-7
Last Day of Semester Friday, May. 7


For more dates please visit our EWU Academic Calendar.

Join the conversation, ask us questions, meet other parents, post student highlights and achievements and more on our EWU Parents and Families Facebook page.

Below is the archive of letters and messages sent to students/parents/families from university leadership.

Welcome! As a parent or family member of an EWU student, you are now part of our Eastern family. We communicate frequently with parents so that you can be more involved in the EWU community. We want you to stay connected to your students, which will increase their success.

¡Bienvenidos! Como padre o miembro de la familia de un estudiante de EWU, ahora eres parte de nuestra familia Eastern. Nos comunicamos con frecuencia con los padres para que pueda participar más en la comunidad de EWU. Queremos que permanezca en contacto con sus estudiantes, porque eso es lo que aumentará su éxito.


Please keep your emergency contact information updated. This will help the university contact the appropriate individuals in case of an emergency. To update your emergency contact information, follow these steps:

  1. Log onto your EagleNET Address Manager
  2. Follow the directions at the top of the page

Would you like to let someone else pay your tuition? Students have the ability to create an authorized user login by going to “Pay My Bill” option. This will allow the authorized user to pay the student’s account balance online.


To set up an authorized user: Download Instructions

  1. The student needs to visit the Payment Portal
  2. Sign in with your NetID and password
  3. Now you should be on the home page of TouchNet. Click Authorized Users to start.
  4. On this page, you’ll see two tabs. One for current authorized users where you’ll see any prior authorized users that you granted access to your account (if applicable). Click Add Authorized User to begin the process of adding a new user. Enter the email of the user and then select the option for whether or not you want the user to be able to view your payment history and account activity. If you select “No,” the authorized user will still be able to make payments and enroll in a payment plan on your behalf.
  5. Click Continue.
  6. Click the box at the bottom of the page to electronically sign the agreement to add the specified authorized user.
  7. Click Continue. You will receive an email confirmation after completing this step.
Authorized User
  • The authorized user will receive two (2) emails. The first email will contain a notification of their new access and the username they’ll use to sign in. The second email will contain a temporary password for them to use the first time they sign in.
  • The authorized user will need to log in to TouchNet using the credentials emailed to them
  • The authorized user will need to finish setting up their account by adding their name and creating a password.
  • By clicking the home icon, the authorized user will then be able to make a payment, enroll in a payment plan, or view account history (if the student granted access to view the history in Step #5.) In the example below, the student is already enrolled in a payment plan, but if they were not the authorized user would see an “Enroll is a Payment Plan” button between the “View Activity” and “Make Payment” buttons.
  • If an authorized user wishes to enroll the student in a payment plan they can follow the payment plan enrollment instructions in the webpage on the Student Financial Services website.
  • Authorized users are also able to make installment payments for the student by clicking the gear icon next to the upcoming installment. Payments for installments can be made immediately or can be scheduled for a future date.
  • Authorized users do not have access to financial aid, grades, or other online student information.
  • Only the student can reset the authorized user’s password if it is lost or forgotten.

Here you will find New Student Orientation web resources. More resources and information will posted as it becomes available.

Contact Us

New Student Transitions and Family Programming
926 Elm Street
301 Pence Union Building
Cheney, WA 99004