Dear Mr. Ethics,
Our college's football coach called to ask me for some information from a particular student's FAFSA. The coach wants to use the information to help determine what might be a competitive athletic scholarship offer for the student. The student provided us with a signed release form; does that mean it's OK for us to share their personal data with others in our institution?
Sharing is Caring
You're right to be cautious. According to NASFAA's Statement of Ethical Principles, financial aid professionals must protect the privacy of financial aid applicants, which includes:
If the release form the student signed clearly states that the financial aid office is allowed to share the student's FAFSA data, it's OK to provide the requested information to the coach. However, if the data shared would include the student's parents' adjusted gross income (AGI), it's a good idea to get a signed release from the student's parents before sharing their data.
Publication Date: 5/20/2015