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FERPA – The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act

The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 protects the privacy of students and their parents records by prohibiting the release of a student’s educational record, which includes student award information, to parents or spouse without the written permission of the student. Once submitted, a written request must be reviewed and approved before any information is released. The Financial Aid Office staff will only disclose financial information or award amounts as allowed by FERPA. You may visit the U.S. Department of Education’s website for additional information, http://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/index.html.

How FERPA applies to the Financial Aid Office

Records created and maintained by the financial aid office are considered to be education records and may not be disclosed without the student’s consent. This includes at least all of the following records:

  • Records relating to eligibility and disbursement of Federal student aid funds,
  • Student account,
  • Federal work-study payroll records,
  • Financial aid applications,
  • SARs and ISIRs,
  • Documentation of professional judgment decisions,
  • Documentation relating to a refusal to certify Federal education loans,
  • Financial aid history information (for transfer students),
  • Cost of attendance information, including documentation relating to any adjustments,
  • Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) documentation,
  • Documents used for verification,
  • Entrance and exit counseling records, and
  • Financial records.