For your student, starting college will mean new adventures, new responsibilities, and new rights. The Financial Aid Office wants to partner with you and your student to make college as affordable as possible.

FERPA, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, is a federal law that protects your child's privacy as a college student. Personal and educational information must be kept confidential. Your son or daughter is an adult now, so it’s his or her job to communicate with you about finances, grades, and academic progress. Without the student's written consent, the university cannot share that information with anyone, even if that person pays the tuition bill.

The Department of Education explains FERPA in more detail.