Information about FERPA

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

FERPA is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. Under the law, parents have rights to a student’s academic record until the student reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond high school. Therefore, all students at Montclair State University are protected under FERPA and if they wish to have the Office of Student Financial Aid share information with their parents, they must sign a ‘Consent Form for Disclosure to Parents’. It is the policy of Montclair State University, to have both parent and student sign the form in front of a Financial Aid Counselor AND that a form must be signed for each instance being discussed (ie: there must be a new and separate form signed for discussions of loans, a new and separate form signed for the discussion of a financial aid package, etc).

To obtain a ‘Consent Form for Disclosure to Parents’, the student must come into Room 208 of College Hall and speak to a Financial Aid Counselor.

We will not accept forms that are:

  • Faxed in
  • Mailed in
  • Sent in with one signature (either of parent or student)
  • Not signed in front of us