In order to access an online student portal, you usually need to officially enroll in an academic or learning program. Many portals are accessible only with a user name (or student ID) and password, which you receive from your school.
An online student portal exists to give you access to online tools that either supplement or form the main part of your course or program. Depending on the school, you can use your online student portal to access news and announcements, academic calendars, message boards, course information and course material. Some schools, such as North Carolina A&T State University, also enable students to send immunization reports and other health documents through their student portals.
In addition to providing assignments that an instructor may post for you to read, many student portals also enable you to interact with your instructor and other students by means of posting on message boards. An accompanying academic calendar and/or an online syllabus should indicate the deadlines for class postings. If you signed up for financial aid you may find details about the ongoing status of that aid through your student portal. In addition, some portals link to the school's email system and student support services such as online library resources.