The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. This privacy right is a right vested in the student. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.
Why is this important?
The Financial Aid Office WILL NOT release information about a student’s financial aid records to any person who is not the student unless a signed FERPA release is on file. Parents who wish to discuss their child’s financial aid should encourage their student to complete the FERPA release form.
How can I complete a FERPA release?
A student may choose to complete a FERPA release form in the Financial Aid Office indicating with whom financial aid information may be discussed. The student must complete the release in person. The FERPA release is not available online and will not be faxed. The release must be completed in person in the Financial Aid Office.