What happens to my University Email after Graduation?: Your IT Services questions answered

Last updated on April 28, 2021

Congratulations! Graduation is just around the corner and navigating all the final to-do’s for the culmination of this chapter of your life can be quite daunting. Technology Services is here to help! Here’s what you need to know to make sure your important files and software come with you after you leave the University of Illinois.

What you need to know

To protect our network, we remove the student status from the NetIDs of all undergraduates, graduate students, and professional students. Your student status will be removed approximately one year after you leave the University. All of your crucial services--email, software, Library access, computer lab access--are tied to your NetID and your status as a student. You can continue to use all of your services until your student status is removed.

How to prepare

Set your password recovery options

You will need to keep your password updated to access services. Update your password and set your recovery options at the NetID center


Set up email forwarding

Once your student status is removed after one year, you will no longer be able to log into your university email account. However, you can still be reached at your NetID@illinois.edu address if you set up forwarding to an outside address.

Learn how to set up email forwarding here


Save WebStore license keys

You will not be able to log into WebStore to access your order history. Take some time now to visit the WebStore and save or store any access keys/codes for your software. Some subscription software will expire prior to your NetID deactivation.


Save or migrate stored online data

If you've been using U of I Box or university accounts for OneDrive or Google Apps at Illinois, you may want to save or migrate access to any files.

U of I Box

Learn how to migrate your U of I Box data

Microsoft OneDrive

Learn how to save your OneDrive data

Google Apps @ Illinois

Learn how to download your content from Google Drive

Learn how to migrate your Google Apps data


iClicker donation

To donate your iClicker, take it to:

Office of the Dean of Students
Room 300
Turner Student Services Building
610 E. John St, Champaign, IL 61821

What expires after graduation

Once your student status is removed, you won't be able to use these services:

If you are continuing work with a department after graduation, they may continue to provide you services via your NetID. Check with your department if you will need to access any of their services after graduation.