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San Diego State University

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Your Privacy

Federal privacy laws protecting your educational records prohibit the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships from disclosing your financial aid information without your authorization.

You are under no obligation to authorize release of your financial aid information and, if you previously authorized release of your information, you may withdraw that authorization at any time.

If you do not authorize release of your information to your parents or spouse, we may provide only general financial aid information to them such as the application process, general program eligibility, and deadline dates.

How to authorize release of information

To release information regarding your financial aid application to your parent(s) or spouse, log into your WebPortal account. Select "Update Privacy Settings" and add in their contact information. The Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships will receive this release information within 24-48 hours.

Remember that even with release authorization, per federal regulation we can only talk with your spouse or the parent(s) listed on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) regardless of who you designate on the WebPortal. 

What your authorization allows

Your authorization allows us to speak to your parents or spouse about information related to your financial aid such as:

  • Details of your financial aid application and aid award
  • Grades and your academic status as it affects your eligibility to receive financial aid
  • Debts owed to the university for overpayment of financial aid

What your authorization does not allow

Your authorization will not allow your parents or spouse to make certain changes to your financial aid record, such as:

  • Changes to your address
  • Activating loans
  • Correcting your income or household information
  • Canceling your financial aid