The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 is a federal law that establishes the rights of students with regard to education records, and ensures students of the right to privacy and confidentiality with respect to those records. It applies to colleges and universities that receive funding from the federal government. Records created and maintained by the financial aid office are considered to be education records and may not be disclosed without the student’s consent. This means that (unless required by law) the Financial Aid Office will not discuss specifics of a student’s financial aid unless the student has provided a written release to discuss and/or disclose their records with someone other than themselves (i.e., with a parent, guardian, etc.).