A student portal provides a student with access to online material provided by a school's preferred learning management system. If the school offers online classes, then the student portal gives a registered student access to online coursework, tests and other assessments, and class discussion boards or forums.

Additional material which, depending on the school, may be accessible through an online student portal includes school news and events, personal registration and financial aid information, career services, online library resources and email accounts. Some portals, such as that of Rasmussen College, also provide access to technical support and troubleshooting around the clock.