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Your Privacy (FERPA)

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) gives parents certain rights with respect to their children's education records. These rights transfer to the student when he/she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level.

Federal privacy laws protecting your educational records prohibit the Office of Financial Aid from disclosing your financial aid information without your authorization.

You are under no obligation to authorize release of your financial aid information and you may request at any time that your authorization be removed.

If you do not authorize release of your information to your parents, spouse and/or third party, we may provide only general financial aid information such as the application process, general program eligibility, and deadline dates.


How to authorize release of information

Download the Consent to Release Form and submit in person to the Financial Aid Office if you want to authorize release of personal information to any of the following (even if you provided their information on your FAFSA or CADAA):

  • Your parents, if you were required to provide parental information of the FAFSA
  • Your spouse, if you were required to provide spousal information on the FAFSA


What your authorization allows

Your authorization allows us to speak to your parents, spouse, and/or third party about information related to your financial aid such as:

  • Details of your financial aid application and aid award
  • Grades and your academic status as it affects your eligibility to receive financial aid
  • Debts owed to the college for overpayment of financial aid


What your authorization does not allow

Your authorization will not allow your parents or spouse to make certain changes to your financial aid record, such as:

  • Changes to your address
  • Correcting your income or household information
  • Canceling your financial aid