The Office of Student Financial Aid is committed to serving our students and families efficiently while protecting the privacy of all parties involved. When your child was in elementary and high school, the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) gave you and your child rights to access your child's educational records. Now that your child is in college, these same laws transfer ownership of the records directly to your son or daughter. You will no longer have access to certain information from your student’s record.
If your child provides a written consent to our office via the Release of Information Authorization, you may have access to some elements of your child's financial aid record.
If the Office of Student Financial Aid determines you are authorized, we can then release information from your student’s financial aid record, except for the following:
- Student tax forms
- Student employment records
- Professional judgment documents related to the student's unusual circumstances
- Information belonging to another parent
- Any information the student has specified should not be released
In the case of divorced/remarried parents, we are sometimes asked for information on file that pertains to a parent other than the one making the request. Although a student may have authorized multiple parents to have access to the financial aid record, we will not release information to one parent that is personal to another.