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FERPA Privacy Waiver Provisions

The FERPA Privacy Waiver is limited to two categories of information: financial and housing. This page explains exactly what you are disclosing when selecting these categories on the Add/Edit Designees page in SPIRE.

Note: Under this Waiver, University staff cannot discuss academic information (e.g., your grades) with your designees. Learn more about the FERPA Privacy Waiver and your academic records

Financial Aid Services & Bursar Information

Information in this category includes, but is not limited to:

  • Your bursar account balance, charges, debits, credits, and payments appearing on your account. Past due amounts and/or collection activity, payment plans, third party sponsorship, and 1098T information.
  • Pending or previous financial aid awards (including types and amounts), financial aid application data, processing status, eligibility, or disbursements.
  • Tuition and fee waivers, scholarship or sponsorship awards, refund or excess amounts, and their processing status.
  • University-maintained loan disbursements, loan billing and repayment history (including eligibility).
  • Health insurance waiver status.
  • Approved academic load (full- or part-time status only), withdrawal dates.
  • Questions regarding related service indicators.
  • Questions regarding a student’s financial aid or financial account record, including the student’s communication history with the Office of the Bursar and the Financial Aid Office.

Note: This category does not include UCard, employment records, registration, or other academic records.

Contact:

Office of the Bursar (http://www.umass.edu/bursar/)

Financial Aid Office (http://www.umass.edu/umfa/)

Housing Information

Information in this category includes, but it is not limited to:

Contact: Housing Services (http://www.housing.umass.edu/)