What is FERPA?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Financial advisor Brad Barnett discusses what a FERPA is.

    Brad Barnett

    Brad received his Bachelor of Science degree from Southern Arkansas University, with a major in Psychology and a minor in Business.  He furthered his education by graduating from the Medical College of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University with a Master of Science degree in Rehabilitation Counseling, specializing in Mental Health.  He has been involved in the financial aid and/or rehabilitation professions for the past 15 years. Brad, a Past President of the Virginia Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (VASFAA), currently serves as the Senior Associate Director of Financial Aid & Scholarships for James Madison University.  Immediately prior to JMU, he served as an Assistant Director of the Financial Aid Office at Virginia Commonwealth University.  Brad has presented numerous sessions at state, regional, and national conferences, and has served on a variety of association committees.  In addition to speaking at professional conferences, Brad has conducted an abundance of workshops and presentations in non-conference environments, including teaching a credit based financial literacy course at JMU entitled “Dollars and Sense.”  Many of the topics Brad’s speaks on include communication, leadership, values, financial aid policies and procedures, financial literacy, and saving for college.  He has also facilitated strategic planning and value development retreats.

    Host: What is FERPA?

    Brad Barnett: FERPA is basically, the privacy act. Colleges have certain information that they have to protect on your behalf and there is some information that they can release. If you want the exact details of what can be released, what has to be protected, then you typically want to talk to the registrar s office at your university, as they are usually they keeper of FEPRA. But this is an important thing to understand, especially, if you are a new student and your parents want information from the college about you, some of it, we just can t release without your consent.