Student Privacy (FERPA)
What is FERPA?
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) 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.” Housing & Residential Education encourages you to read the information provided here and familiarize yourself with FERPA. The Prescott College Office of the Registrar manages FERPA on our campus.
What Does this Mean to Me, the Student?
As a student, you can rest assured that your private information, such as grades, class schedule, academic file, housing information, financial aid and scholarship information, tuition bill, and much more is kept confidential. No information will be released without your specific permission, unless the Prescott College considers it to be directory information.
What Does this Mean to Me, the Parent/Guardian?
Please be aware that FERPA has nothing to do with legal age. FERPA takes effect the moment a student seeks admission to the Prescott College, whether under or over 18 years of age. Please talk to your student in regards to being granted access to their information. Please keep in mind that Prescott College’s primary business is with the student. We encourage parents/guardians to be involved with their student's education, but arrangements need to be made by the student for release of information.
What Type of Information is Public?
Unless a student specifies, there is certain information that is considered public. This information is called directory information. This includes any data that can be found in the Prescott College’s directory. Per FERPA, the College is not required to release or publish any directory information, but may choose to do so. Directory information typically consists of a student's name, e-mail address, mailing address, phone number, and major/degree program.
I'm the One Paying Their Bill, Why Can't I Know What I'm Paying? (Parent/Guardian)
This is a common question we receive from parents/guardians. We greatly appreciate your involvement in your student's finances and assisting in the furthering of their education, but we must stress that it is the student's responsibility to pay their housing account. If a student has passed that responsibility on to another party, whether explicitly or implied, then the student needs to take responsibility for releasing any information as well.