FERPA and Release of Information
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The Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) protects the confidentiality of your financial aid records at Southwestern College (SWC). Under FERPA, SWC is required to treat non-directory information as private and protected information from individuals other than the student (by FERPA definition, third-party individuals include parents, legal guardians, a student’s spouse, etc.). Consequently, your financial aid information cannot be discussed with, or released to, third parties (parent, sibling, spouse, etc.) without your written consent.
Students may grant the Office of Financial Aid permission to release information about their financial aid to a third party by submitting a signed Release of Information Form.