Your Privacy

Federal privacy laws protecting your educational records prohibit the Financial Aid Office 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 on to your my.SDSU account. Click the "Profile Tile" and then on the side bar click the “Authorization to Release”  to add in their contact information. The Financial Aid Office 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 on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application (CADAA) regardless of who you designate on my.SDSU. 

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