University of Vermont

Student Financial Services

Staying Informed

Information to help you navigate the transition of information access from parent to student.

As students join the UVM community, we know that one of the biggest changes and challenges is the transition of information access and privacy rights from the parent to the student. Up until now, information was sent directly to the parent(s), but now, information about financial aid, bills, grades, and more will be sent directly to the student. No matter how involved you are as a parent (we love involved parents!), your student is now responsible for the financial aspects of their education and is entitled to the privacy of their academic and financial records.

So, as a concerned parent, how do you stay informed and assist your student in developing skills for management of finances?

Develop a communication strategy with your student.

Your student will be receiving a great deal of important information from our office and offices across campus, mostly via e-mail. Most of these e-mails will be sent only to your student. You know your student best; take a moment to establish a communication strategy. You may want to consider the following with your student:

  • What do you want to know about and what does your student feel comfortable showing you? (Financial aid, billing, health insurance, course registration, grades?)
  • Will your student forward all UVM related e-mails to you, or perhaps only emails from Student Financial Services and other certain offices?
  • Will it be better to set up “check in” points when you will go over information together, including financial aid, billing, grades, etc?
Encourage your student to set up Proxy Access

If you or others will support the financial aspects of your student's education, please encourage them to set you (and others) up with Proxy Access. By being granted Proxy Access you:

  • can speak to Student Financial Services staff about your student's financial records.
  • can have your student authorize you to access their account and billing and/or financial aid information online.
  • can have your student authorize you to make payments towards your account.
  • can receive financial aid and billing related email notifications.

As a Proxy, you will not have access to other student records such as grades, transcripts, class schedules or registration.

For more information about setting up Proxy Access click here!

Encourage your student to develop the skills to manage their finances independently.

Ask your student to explore $ALT, a non-profit organization that UVM has partnered with to provide financial literacy to college students. Feel free to use this resource yourself as well! SALT provides resources for students to help them understand how to create a spending plan, manage cash flow, use credit wisely and understand loan repayment options. For more information or to register please visit $ALT! Take the time to emphasize the importance of this information to your student.

How do we communicate information regarding the financial aid application and award for your student?

Generally, information about a student’s financial aid application, including requests for information and notification of financial aid awards, is sent directly to the student’s UVM e-mail address.

Prospective students who have not officially accepted their offer of admission by paying the acceptance fee will receive information via the e-mail address listed on their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Once the offer of admission is officially accepted, the student will receive a final communication at their e-mail address from the FAFSA. This communication will direct students on how to set up their UVM e-mail account and how to access information in the UVM student system going forward.

When possible, we will use the parent e-mail address that is listed on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to alert parents if we have sent a communication regarding the financial aid application or award to the student.

Last modified February 11 2015 09:53 AM

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