The BYU-Idaho Financial Aid Office adheres to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), a federal law that protects the privacy of student educational records. The Student Records and Registration Office maintains this policy. FERPA provides that information in a student’s educational record cannot be shared with a third party without the student’s authorization.
The BYU-Idaho Financial Aid Office also adheres to the Higher Education Act (HEA), which limits the use of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) data to the application, award, and administration of Title IV funds, state aid, and institutional aid. The use of FAFSA data for any other purpose is prohibited. The Department of Education (ED) does allow the sharing of FAFSA data with scholarship-granting organizations or tribal organizations. Other than these entities, a student may authorize the sharing of personal information with a parent or spouse only.
If a student wishes to share information with a parent listed on their FAFSA, the student must provide authorization through their Financial Aid Portal.
A student may authorize the sharing of personal information with a spouse or parent not listed on the FAFSA through the following methods:
- A Privacy Release Form (PRF) may be signed by the student in the presence of a Financial Aid Office employee, or
- A PRF must be notarized and the original document mailed or hand-delivered to the Financial Aid Office, or
- A student may provide verbal authorization for a parent/spouse who is in their presence or on the phone at the time of the request
All other persons inquiring about a student’s account will be given general or directory information only.