Marymount University complies with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), as amended (Public Law 93-380). This Act is designed to protect the privacy of students by giving them rights concerning their educational records.
The University may release information to the parents of a student, without the student’s written consent, only if the student is a dependent as defined in Section 152 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954. The payment of a student’s tuition by the parent does not, by itself, give the parent the right of access to a student’s record.
The University may disclose information to parents or legal guardians of dependent children if one of the following procedures is met:
1. Submission of the student’s written consent.
This would be in the form of a simple letter authorizing the Student Accounts Office to disclose financial information to his or her parent.
2. Submission of a copy of the first page of a parent’s or legal guardian’s income tax return, which shows that the requesting parent or legal guardian did claim the child/student as a dependent on the most preceding year’s U.S. federal income tax return. We need to see only the front page of the federal 1040 tax return that shows the student as a tax dependent. You may cover the actual financial information. When the parents or legal guardians are divorced, we will accept a copy of a court decree (or a Settlement Agreement incorporated into the court decree) that gives one party or the other the right to claim the child/student as a dependent for federal income tax purposes.
Students may allow the University to disclose information to other parties (i.e. spouse, non-custodial parent, and employer) by providing the appropriate office with a written authorization. The FERPA form can be downloaded here
. When completed, please return to the Registrar's Office located in Rowley Hall.
You will be asked to supply this information once during each academic year.