FERPA

FERPA

For many families, parents and students use a combination of family resources and financial aid to cover education costs.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records.

Should your parents have questions regarding your financial aid, you must complete a FERPA release form‌ to authorize the release of your Houston Community College record. 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. 


Confidentiality 

Houston Community College System considers name, address, telephone, date of birth, degrees earned and dates, major field of study, dates of attendance, and number of semester hours completed and in progress, enrollment status, student classification and name of most recent institution attended as directory information. This is done in compliance with the Texas Open Records Law. If you do not want this information released, download the HCC Confidentiality Form and return to the college Registration Office.

Request to Review Financial Aid Records Policy
The Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords postsecondary students the right to inspect and review their education records pursuant to 34 CFR 99.10-12 – Right of student to review records. A school must provide a student with an opportunity to review his or her education records within 45 days of receipt of a request.

Students requesting to review their records must provide a written, signed request to the Executive Director of Financial Aid and mail it to Houston Community College, Financial Aid Office, 3100 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002.

The Executive Director of Financial Aid will schedule a time for the student to meet and review the records within 45 days of receipt of the written request. The student will have an opportunity to request copies of their records at the time of the review.


More Information
FERPA law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the US Department of Education. For more detailed information regarding FERPA, please click the link below.

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