Federal Educational Rights to Privacy Act (FERPA)
Authorization for Release of Information
Federal Education Rights and Privacy Act is a federal law designed to protect the privacy of a student’s educational records.
Educational records are all records that contain personally identifiable student information; and are maintain by an educational agency or institution or by a party acting for the agency or institution.
All FERPA rights transfer from the parent to the student when a student attends a postsecondary institution – regardless of parental information that may have been required when applying for financial aid.
Therefore, Financial Aid Office employees are unable to discuss matters with members of the student’s family (parent, spouse, sibling, grandparent, etc) without the express written consent from the student him/herself.
Should you wish your financial aid information to be shared with another person, please complete the FERPA release and return to the Office of Financial Aid.