The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C., 1232 g; 34CFR Part 99) is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education. FERPA protects the privacy of student records by requiring prior written consent before disclosing personally identifiable information to a third party.

FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children's education records. These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level.

Records created and maintained by the GCC Financial Aid Office are considered to be education records and may not be disclosed without the student's consent.

Click here to fill out a Student Authorization to Release Records Form.