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Student Account Authorization

Students can authorize online access to their parents or other third-party individuals. Two separate authorizations must be completed to view account information and online payment as well as allow offices to give verbal information to authorized individuals and give online access to grades and financial assistance.

FERPA

Northwest complies with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) which provides guidelines about storage and release of current and former student records. Information including, but not limited to grades, remains confidential between the individual and the University, and will not be released to a third party without the written consent of the student. If a parent has questions concerning a grade their student received in a particular class, the parent should first visit with the student.

Certain information about the currently enrolled student – name, age, address, phone, email address, place and date of birth, major, participation in activities and sports, weight and height of athletes, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received, the most recent educational institution attended, including photographic, video or electronic images – is considered public information. If a student does not want this information released, they should contact the Office of the Registrar within 10 days of the beginning of the term.