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The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 is a federal law designed to protect the privacy of a student's educational records. All FERPA rights transfer from the parent to the student when a student attends a post secondary institution, regardless of parental information that may have been required when applying for financial aid. Therefore, we are unable to discuss matters with members of the student's family (parents, spouses, siblings, grandparents, etc.) or other third parties without the express written consent from the student him/herself.
All financial aid records are kept in locked areas with restricted access. These records are considered private and will not be released without express authorization from the student. An Authorization for Release of Information form is available on the college's Web site and can be completed by any student who wants to authorize the release of his or her information to parents or any other third party.
All financial aid records are maintained in the financial aid office at the college and may be accessed by a student through appointment. Due to the income sensitive nature of the financial aid records, a student's access is limited to his or her personal information, such as document receipt dates, aid awarded, aid disbursed, aid cancelled, student loan indebtedness, lender information, etc. A student may also request photocopies from the college of his or her personal information in those files. Original documents turned in to the college become college property and will not be released. All requests made by a student will be addressed within 15 business days of receiving the request.