FERPA

Students

Your parents may have questions regarding financial aid and how to best finance a college education. This is important information regarding releasing a student’s confidential information to their parents, along with information on loans for students and loans parents may use to pay for their child’s education.

For many families, parents and students use a combination of family resources and financial aid to cover education costs. HCC does encourage students to become self-sufficient and become knowledgeable of the financial aid forms, deadlines, web sites and self-service screens and encourages students to work through situations on their own first, then consulting parental advice if needed. 

FERPA

As an institution of higher learning, HCC is required to adhere to the Federal Guidelines set forth by the U.S. Department of Education. 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.

For further detailed information regarding FERPA, clicking’ on the link below.

http://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/index.html

Release of confidential information from student record 

Students must complete a FERPA release form to authorize the release of their Houston Community College record to an individual or agency not covered under federal privacy laws. A FERPA release form‌ must be submitted by the student at a campus in-person or notarized prior to submission. Faxed or emailed copies will not be accepted. 

If you do not want this information released, download the HCC Confidentiality Form and return to the college Registration Office. 

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