As a parent, you may find that now is the time you are having many conversations about your student transiting to college. These talks may range from getting them over the “senioritis” hump, to filling out scholarship applications, completing the FAFSA and deciding on a college for next year. We would be thrilled to have your student join the WSU community.
What is Third Party Access?
Another conversation you will want to have very soon, if you haven’t already, is: how much access you will have to their student account information (i.e. grades, class specifics, charges/refunds, and financial aid) once they get to college. Up until now, you likely have known almost everything about your student but once students arrive on campus, parents can no longer access all of their student’s information due to the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). FERPA is a federal law that protects the privacy of a student’s education records. We acknowledge that this might seem strange to you as a parent—to not have the option to know how your student is doing in their current classes and determine what’s going on with their finances at the university—but the intent of this law is to protect the student.
Students can choose to share their university information with their parents through “Third Party Access.” This allows parents to sign in to zzusis (WSU’s student information system) via a friend account and view your student’s confidential WSU records. Third party access is something for you and your student to discuss and determine who will have access to the various types of information. If you both decide third party access is best for your family, your student will need to set up the authorization online through zzusis and create a third party access account and authorization code (password) for each parent and/or third party he/she wishes to grant access.
Third Party Access-Benefits
Third party access can be a huge time saver. If you call Student Financial Services (SFS) and want to ask specific information about your student’s financial aid account, our staff will always ask you for the third party access/authorization code or often called “password.” With this code, you will be able to get answers to your specific financial aid-related questions, and this can help create an open dialogue between you and your student, as well as help you support your student when needed from afar. We highly recommend it!
Setting Up Third Party Access
As always, the Student Financial Services staff is here to help! If you have questions and/or need our guidance, please don’t hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 509-335-9711. Be sure to also use the SFS website as a resource at finaid.wsu.edu and follow SFS on Facebook and Twitter for the latest financial aid information and quick tips. We look forward to assisting you through this process.