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September 24, 2013 by
Office of Financial Aid
1301 College Avenue
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
(540) 654‐1858 Fax
Authorization to Release Financial Information.
The purpose of FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) is to afford certain rights to students
concerning their education records. Specifically, the Act specifies that parents or spouse of postsecondary
students have no inherent rights to inspect a student’s education records. The right to inspect is limited
solely to the student. In order to comply with all of the provisions of the Act, University employees are
restricted from providing certain information to anyone other than the student—regardless of who is
paying the bill. Any student who wishes to permit other individuals access to financial aid records may do
so by signing an “Authorization to Release Information” form and submitting it to the Office of Financial
Upon receipt of the signed authorization form, the Office of Financial Aid may discuss student financial
aid information with the designated individual(s). This authorization form applies only to release of
student financial information. A copy of this form is provided below. You may complete the form and
drop it off at the Office of Financial Aid, Room 206, in the Student Service Center in Lee Hall.
AUTHORIZATION TO RELEASE FINANCIAL INFORMATION
University of Mary Washington adheres to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, wherein the
rights of a student who is attending an institution of postsecondary education, or is eighteen years of age,
supersedes the authority of the parent(s) to make decisions regarding the student’s records or account.
Any student who wishes to permit other individuals access to financial records may do so by signing the
waiver below and returning it to the Office of Financial Aid, University of Mary Washington, Lee Hall
Room 206, 1301 College Avenue, Fredericksburg, VA 22401.