Student Financial Services understands how stressful this new transition can be for both parents and students and our office is committed to making this transition easier.
Now that your future Coug is well on their way there is an important topic SFS encourages parents and guardians to bring up in the conversations you are having about your student’s transition to college: Third Party Access (TPA).
Up until now you have been able to gather any much information about your student that you need, but once the first day of the WSU semester begins, parents no longer have access to all of their student’s information due to the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
FERPA is a federal law which protects the privacy of student’s education records. We understand this may seem strange, but the intent of this law is to protect student information.
What is Third Party Access?
Third Party Access allows the student to grant access to their information (i.e. grades, class specifics, charges/refunds, and financial aid) to any third party they wish.
The process is easy!
- Student must log on to their myWSU account
- Click on Main Menu
- Select Self Service
- Click on Third Party Access
- Click on Third Party Access (a second time)
Also available are step by step video instructions on granting Third Party Access.
We encourage parents and students not to wait until the first day of school to set up Third Party Access, this way if you have any questions during the first week of school you may call our office and we can answer your questions!
Financial Aid Timeline:
All new freshmen and transfer students who have filed a 2017-2018 FAFSA by the January 31st priority date have already begun receiving their Financial Aid Estimates. However, a few common missteps can delay a student’s Financial Aid Estimate. The most common mistakes are: the student’s social security number is entered incorrectly on the FAFSA and/or the admissions application, the social security number wasn’t entered at all in the admissions application (which is optional), and the student’s name is misspelled or a wrong date of birth was entered on either the FAFSA or the admissions application.
If a mistake has occurred on a student’s FAFSA or admissions application, we hope to find it as soon as possible and notify the student via email and phone call with instructions to remedy the situation. At this time, parents and students should double check their FAFSA to ensure all data was entered correctly—it never hurts to be proactive!
Over the next couple of months, please remind students to check their email often since that is the primary method of contact for WSU families about the financial aid process.
As always, Student Financial Services staff is here for students and parents and we’d love to help you! If you have questions and/or need our guidance, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 509-335-9711. Be sure to also use our website as a resource at financialaid.wsu.edu. And don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for the latest financial aid information and quick tips. We look forward to keeping connected to you in the coming months!