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Student Services


Please see the links below for information relating to Canvas:

Online Learning

A Guide to Becoming a Successful Online Learner

This guide is designed to help you understand what online learning is like and provide you with some tips on how to succeed in online courses at Montclair State University.

Center for Writing Excellence (CWE)

  • Citation Tools
    Citations allow the reader to retrace an author’s research. Therefore, electronic as well as other kinds of citations should be as complete as possible. Completeness in electronic citation means including the complete address of the site, the date the page was loaded or refreshed by the webmaster, and the date you viewed it. There are a few citation searching resources available to you.
  • Digital Dashboard
    View the CWE Digital Dashboard, which is filled with online resources for writers, researchers and teachers ranging from grammar help to tips on evaluating writing and much more.


After registering for your course, all students must set up their NetIDs as soon as possible. This will:

  • Give you a unique electronic identity for access to university online services, including email.
  • Set up your email account so that you can:
    • Receive vital university communications.
    • Gain off-campus access to library databases and other resources.
    • Gain access to Canvas.

For more information, please contact the technology helpline at 973-655-7971.


  • Electronic Resources
    The University’s Sprague Library provides access to a wide variety of electronic databases, articles and video/audio streaming.

Microsoft Office

Students who are part of an online degree program are eligible to receive free Microsoft Office. All you need is a Montclair State University email address.


NEST (Network Engagement and Student/Staff Transactions) is the primary web gateway for student and faculty/staff self-service. NEST will give you single-sign-on access for many current and upcoming products including Self-Service Banner (SSB). Please note: New Students log in with their CWID and Pin provided in their acceptance e-mail. Once you set up your NetID and change your password, you will be required to wait for 24 hours before logging into NEST. We recommend you register for classes in NEST using your CWID & Pin BEFORE setting up your NETID. 

Go to NEST

How to read the class schedule

How to register for classes

Through NEST students are able to:

  • Register for classes.
  • Pay tuition bills.
  • Review academic audit.
  • Review financial aid award information.
  • Access the University catalog via CourseLeaf.
  • Access Quicklinks to Canvas, Email, Library & the University directory.

Other Resources

Paying Your Bill

You may pay your bill in person or online with cash, check, money order, e-check or credit card. For information about our payment plans and paying your term bill, go to the payment options section of the Office of Student Accounts website.