The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) generally prohibits the release of information from educational and financial records without the student’s consent. Adding an Authorized User in the E-Bill System is a student’s written consent that an individual may view account information, make payments on their behalf, and communicate with Student Financial Services regarding their student account. In addition, per federal regulations, if a parent uses tax information to help a dependent (i.e., filling out the FAFSA), financial information can be shared with that particular parent. An Authorized User does not have access to a student’s grades or other academic records.
An Authorized User will receive email notifications when an E-Bill is available online, and can make payments online with an electronic check (checking or savings) or credit card. In addition, they can contact the Cashier's Office and discuss the student's account information.
The Cashier's Office personnel cannot discuss anything specific to a student account with a person other than the student unless the student has set the person up as an Authorized User or completed the Consent to Release Information Form in BearWeb, under Student Financial Services, Student Account, giving Baylor permission to discuss the student account.