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The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) is a federal law designed to protect the privacy of a student's educational records. FERPA also applies to the student's financial records. In accordance with the FERPA regulation, OSU Student Finance departments are required to have the student's permission in order to release account information. If a parent/guardian/spouse/etc. contacts our offices with questions regarding a student's account, details of the account cannot be released without a valid FERPA release on file. This includes account balance, payment history, and specific charge information. Other OSU offices may also require FERPA releases, and each office has unique forms and guidelines under which they operate.
Students can submit a FERPA in person and show their student ID OR if the form is completely filled out, signed, and scanned, they may submit it through their OSU issued email address. Students may not submit via fax or U.S. mail because their identity cannot be verified.