Bursar Office - Information for Parents
|Federal Privacy Regulations
When your student was in elementary and high school, the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) gave you and your student rights to access and control his or her educational records. Now that your student is in college, these same laws transfer ownership of the records directly to your son or daughter. FERPA (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR 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.
to FERPA, college students are considered responsible adults and are allowed to
determine who will receive information about them. While parents understandably have an interest
in a student's financial obligation, they are not automatically granted access
to this information without written consent of the student. Parents are encouraged to consult with the
student if financial information is needed.
Your son or daughter may give permission for a third party to access his/her financial information from the Bursar Office by completing a Consent for Release of Student Information form. Students can complete the form by clicking on the Student Information Release link located in the Personal Information section of their Student Center page on PAWS. The form is also available from the Forms, Bursar Office section of our website. Without this consent, the Bursar Office cannot release financial information to anyone but the student.
Completed forms should be returned to:
PO Box 413
Milwaukee, WI 53201-0413