FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) protects the privacy of a student's educational record or those records that are directly related to the student and maintained by the institution.

Student educational records are considered confidential and cannot be released without the written consent of the student. This law also gives students the right to consent to the disclosure of educational records, the right to inspect and review educational records, and the right to seek the amendment to educational records that the student believes to be inaccurate, misleading, or in violation of the student's privacy rights.

HCC is not permitted to release information, other than directory information, to another party. In order for information to be disclosed, such as grades, financial aid information, tuition balances, etc., HCC must have a signed Disclosure of Information Release form. This release does not authorize anyone other than the student to conduct college business, such as requesting transcripts, registering or dropping classes, etc.