Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) is a federal law designed to protect the privacy of student educational records. FERPA also applies to student financial records. In accordance with FERPA, BGSU is required to have the student's permission in order to release financial information.

Why should a student submit a FERPA release?

Without a FERPA release, parents/guardians can only have access to:
  • Name, address, phone
  • Major/enrollment status
  • Dates of attendance
  • Activities and sports
With a FERPA release in place, parents/guardians can also have access to:
  • Account balance
  • Payment history
  • Specific charge infromation

How can I authorize FERPA for my parent/guardian?

  • Log into MyBGSU
  • Select Student Center
  • Select Share my Information
  • Select Delegate access to a new contact

Fill in the contact information which will include the parent/guardian name and email address. Ensure you select Bursar Information to authorize your parent/guardian to be able to receive billing and account information. For more information, please review the University Access BGSU webpage.

For more information, please check out the official University FERPA webpage.