FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) is a federal law designed to protect the privacy of a student’s educational records, which include billing and financial aid. If a student wants a parent/guest to have access to their financial information or to have a conversation with our office about these items they must grant them permission in either the Student Account Center or Banner Self Service. This can only be done by the student.
|Authorized User||Banner Web Proxy|
|Access account activity, ebills and balance||√||√|
|Make a payment||√|
|Enroll in a payment plan||√|
|Access registration and schedule||√|
|View Financial Aid package||√|
Student Account Center Authorized User
The Student Account Center is the be-all and end-all of Student Account access. Authorized Users have access to view their student's account summary, ebills, view up-to-the-minute account activity, make payments by eCheck or credit card and enroll in the monthly payment plan by semester. This is different than proxy access and requires a separate authorization and login.
Due to student privacy regulations (FERPA), the student must first access the Student Account Center and can then share access with any additional participants who will help manage their account. The student must create their account first and can then grant access for Parents/Authorized Users by selecting the "Add an Authorized Party" button within the Student Account Center, filling out the Users credentials and clicking "Save". This will send an invitation email to the Authorized User with a link to create their account.
Banner Web Proxy
Banner Web Proxy allows Oberlin College students to grant access to their Banner Self Service account. This is called granting “proxy access,” and the other person is referred to as the proxy. Access is granted using the proxy's email address. Only the student can authorize proxy access; Oberlin College staff/faculty cannot grant those rights.
The student controls who they designate as a proxy and what items that person can access. When the student selects the pages for a proxy, they are authorizing them to access the web page. The student is able to modify proxy permissions at any time.
The Student Accounts Office will not disclose student account or financial aid information to anyone who is not designated as a Student Account Center Authorized User or Banner Web Proxy, including but not limited to parents.