Wake Forest University protects the privacy of its students and their families in compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA). Students are entitled to see applications, grade transcripts, notice of financial aid awards and terms, and university reports and statistics. Since financial aid applications generally include confidential information from both parents and students, the Office of Student Financial Aid is committed under FERPA regulations to protecting the privacy of all parties. While financial aid counselors are permitted to discuss financial aid awards with students, they are not permitted to disclose specific parental financial information unless authorized to do so in writing by the parent. In cases of divorce or separation, financial information about the custodial parent cannot be shared with the noncustodial parent and vice versa.