Do colleges keep parents informed of their child's academic progress?

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Do colleges keep parents informed of their child's academic progress?

Kris Hintz
Founder Position U 4 College LLC

Do colleges keep parents informed of their child's academic progress?

No, because colleges want to protect the student's privacy (just like HPPA in healthcare). A student has a login to go online to access his or her grades, and the parents can only see the grades if the student shares the login info with the parents. Given this situation, it is important for college students to develop independence and ownership of their college performance. This is ultimately the goal, isn't it? Autonomous adulthood? Parents can help high school students develop those "independence muscles" so that they will be more prepared to be truly independent in college. If your student is not quite ready for total independence freshman year of college, it is essential for you as a parent to have the kind of relationship with your young adult that will promote openness about his or her college performance. Your student has to give you permission (and login info) to see his college record, so if you want to see it, you have to have a good working relationship with your kid.

Amberley Wolf
College Consultant Wolf College Consulting

Do colleges keep parents informed of their child's academic progress?

Due to FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Policy) parents are not informed on their child's academic progress unless the student has signed off official documents stating that their parents can have access to their academics. If a student does give parents access to this information, the parent still needs to be the one that is proactive to receive the information. The college will not call you if your child is not doing well in their classes, the parent needs to be the one that activates the conversation.

Reecy Aresty
College Admissions/Financial Aid Expert & Author Payless For College, Inc.

Do colleges keep parents informed of their child's academic progress?

Some do, but most don't, and you'll need a Philadelphia lawyer to get a copy of their transcript!

Benjamin Caldarelli
Partner Princeton College Consulting, LLC

Do colleges keep parents informed of their child's academic progress?

No

Sarah Contomichalos
Manager Educational Advisory Services, LLC

Do colleges keep parents informed of their child's academic progress?

Once a student is 18, by law colleges may not keep parents informed unless the student has signed a waiver allowing for this to happen.

Suzanne Shaffer
Owner Parents Countdown to College Coach

Do colleges keep parents informed of their child's academic progress?

If you student is 18, colleges are not required to inform parents. The best you can do is ask your student regularly about their progress. After all you are most likely contributing to the education expenses. If you're investing you should know their progress.