Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

Student Notification of Rights under FERPA

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) afford eligible students certain rights with respect to their education records. (An “eligible student” under FERPA is a student who is 18 years of age or older or who attends a postsecondary institution.) These rights include:

  1. The right to inspect and review the student's education records within 45 days after the day Texas Wesleyan University receives a request for access. A student should submit to the registrar, dean, head of the academic department, or other appropriate official, a written request that identifies the record(s) the student wishes to inspect. The school official will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. If the records are not maintained by the school official to whom the request was submitted, that official shall advise the student of the correct official to whom the request should be addressed.
  2. The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the student believes is inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights under FERPA.

A student who wishes to ask the school to amend a record should write the school official responsible for the record, clearly identify the part of the record the student wants changed, and specify why it should be changed.

If the school decides not to amend the record as requested, the school will notify the student in writing of the decision and the student’s right to a hearing re­garding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the student when notified of the right to a hearing.

  1. The right to provide written consent before the university discloses personally identifiable information (PII) from the student's education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without con­sent.

The school discloses education records without a student’s prior written consent under the FERPA exception for disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by Texas Wesleyan University in an administrative, supervisory, academic, research, or support staff position (including law enforcement unit personnel and health staff); a person serving on the board of trustees; or a student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee. A school official also may include a volunteer or contractor outside of Texas Wesleyan University who performs an institutional service of function for which the school would otherwise use its own employees and who is under the direct control of the school with respect to the use and maintenance of PII from education records, such as an attorney, auditor, or collection agent or a student volunteering to assist another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibilities for Texas Wesleyan University.

Upon request, the school also discloses education records without consent to officials of another school in which a student seeks or intends to enroll. (FERPA requires a school to make a reasonable attempt to notify each student of these disclosures unless the school states in its annual notification that it intends to forward records on request.)

  1. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the school to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA is:

Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202

See the list below of the disclosures that postsecondary institutions may make without consent.

FERPA permits the disclosure of PII from students’ education records, without consent of the student, if the disclosure meets certain conditions found in §99.31 of the FERPA regulations. Except for disclosures to school officials, disclosures related to some judicial orders or lawfully issued subpoenas, disclosures of directory information, and disclosures to the student, §99.32 of FERPA regulations requires the institution to record the disclosure. Eligible students have a right to inspect and review the record of disclosures. A postsecondary institution may disclose PII from the education records without obtaining prior written consent of the student –

  • To other school officials, including teachers, within that school whom the school has determined to have legitimate educational interests. This includes contractors, consultants, volunteers, or other parties to whom the school has outsourced institutional services or functions, provided that the conditions listed in §99.31(a)(1)(i)(B)(1) - (a)(1)(i)(B)(2) are met. (§99.31(a)(1))
  • To officials of another school where the student seeks or intends to enroll, or where the student is already enrolled if the disclosure is for purposes related to the student’s enrollment or transfer, subject to the requirements of §99.34. (§99.31(a)(2))
  • To authorized representatives of the U. S. Comptroller General, the U. S. Attorney General, the U.S. Secretary of Education, or State and local educational authorities, such as a State postsecondary authority that is responsible for supervising the university’s State-supported education programs. Disclosures under this provision may be made, subject to the requirements of §99.35, in connection with an audit or evaluation of Federal- or State-supported education programs, or for the enforcement of or compliance with Federal legal requirements that relate to those programs. These entities may make further disclosures of PII to outside entities that are designated by them as their authorized representatives to conduct any audit, evaluation, or enforcement or compliance activity on their behalf. (§99.31(a)(3) and 99.35)
  • In connection with financial aid for which the student has applied or which the student has received, if the information is necessary to determine eligibility for the aid, determine the amount of the aid, determine the conditions of the aid, or enforce the terms and conditions of the aid. (§99.31(a)(4))
  • To organizations conducting studies for, or on behalf of, the school, in order to: (a) develop, validate, or administer predictive tests; (b) administer student aid programs; or (c) improve instruction. (§99.31(a)(6))
  • To accrediting organizations to carry out their accrediting functions. (§99.31(a)(7))
  • To parents of an eligible student if the student is a dependent for IRS tax purposes. (§99.31(a)(8))
  • To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena. (§99.31(a)(9))
  • To appropriate officials in connection with a health or safety emergency, subject to §99.36 ( §99.31(a)(10))
  • Information the school has designated as "directory information" under §99.37 (§99.31(a)(11))
  • To a victim of an alleged perpetrator of a crime of violence or a non-forcible sex offense, subject to the requirements of §99.39 The disclosure may only include the final results of the disciplinary proceeding with respect to that alleged crime or offense, regardless of the finding. (§99.31(a)(13))
  • To the general public, the final results of a disciplinary proceeding, subject to the requirements of §99.39, if the school determines the student is an alleged perpetrator of a crime of violence or non-forcible sex offense and the student has committed a violation of the school’s rules or policies with respect to the allegation made against him or her. (§99.31(a)(14))
  • To parents of a student regarding the student’s violation of any Federal, State, or local law, or of any rule or policy of the school, governing the use or possession of alcohol or a controlled substance if the school determines the student committed a disciplinary violation and the student is under the age of 21. (§99.31(a)(15))

Payment & Tax Statement Dates

 

Third Party Payment Recipients

Contact the cashier's office each semester if you receive tuition reimbursement from a third-party payer – like Texas Tomorrow Fund, DARS or Veteran benefits – to make sure it's paid. You'll also need to fill out the agreement form and acknowledgement form, and return them to the cashier's office. Third Party billings are subject to change.  Should the billing not payoff the student account, the student is responsible for the balance.

1098-T Tax Statements for Tuition

These forms are available on Ramlink by January 31 and are based on a calendar Jan. 1 - Dec. 31. To download your 1098-T:

1. Sign into Ramlink    
2. Look under "Financial Information:
3. Click "View My 1098-T Forms" and print

 

How Do I Pay My Bill?

How Can I Pay?

You can pay by mail, in person  or online. 

Pay by Mail

Send your payment to: 

ATTN: Cashier's Office
Texas Wesleyan University
1201 Wesleyan St.
Fort Worth, Texas 76105

Please allow 3-4 business days mailing time to make sure the payment is received on or before the due date. 

Pay Online

Pay online for current semester with e-Cashier by logging into your Ramlink account.

1. Log in
2. Click on Make a Payment, located under the Financial
Information section
3. Authenticate your student ID number, birth date and 
choose your term.
4. Choose the "pay in full" option once you have logged into
e-Cashier.

How Do I Access My Account Balance?

The Texas Wesleyan Cashier's Office is paperless. Students may access their account balance through Ramlink, select Student Account Statement. Payment reminders and other important account information will be sent to your university email account. 

Payment Policy

Payment is due by the due date specified. All tuition, fees and other costs should be paid at the Cashier's Office before then. If registration occurs after that date, then payment is due upon registration. Payment plans should be set up by payment due date. If you don't pay on time, you may be withdrawn from your classes. You will be responsible for all past due balances, and if you are reinstated to class, you will be charged a late registration fee when you re-register. 

Due Dates for Registration Payments

  1. Fall: August 5
  2. Summer: May 5
  3. Spring:  December 5

Delinquent Accounts

If you have a past due account, you'll have a hold placed on your student record. If your account is past due, you may be removed from classes, not receive a transcript or participate in graduation.  The student is  responsible for all unpaid balances. In the event your account becomes delinquent and is placed with an   outside agency for collection, all collection and legal fees will be the responsibility of the student. 

Refund Policy

Beginning refund dates per term are posted on the Cashier’s office website.

After the first disbursement of financial aid onto the student account, within 10 business days a refund check will be issued to the student. The student will receive an email to their university email account, telling them the day the check will be available for pickup. Students must present their student ID card to pick up a refund check.

Unless cashiers office is notified by email, checks will be held for pickup for two weeks. After the two weeks they will be mailed to the address on file.

Refund checks will be issued every week for any remaining credits on the student account after the first disbursement.

 

How are Added/Dropped Classes Refunded?

Change of Schedule - Add/Drop

After registration, you can only change your schedule during the add/drop period. You cannot add classes after the first week of class. Tuition and fee charges for any course dropped before the first day* of class will be totally refunded. Tuition and fees for classes dropped on the first class day are credited using a formula:

  • Courses dropped within 5% of the class calendar days are credited at 80%
  • Courses dropped within 10% of the class calendar days are credited at 60%
  • There is no refund for any course after 10% of the class calendar days.

*Classes dropped on the same day as class starts will be subject to   penalty.

  

How Are Withdrawals Refunded?

If you want to drop all classes, you must withdraw from the University. Check the Withdrawals/Drop Section in the university catalog to learn more. 

Fees Refund

Fees will not be refunded if you withdraw from the University after the official first day of class. 

Tuition Refunds

If you formally withdraw from the University before the end of 20% of class time is up, you are only eligible for refund of tuition and   room and board charges, except for select first-time students and Title IV aid recipients. 
If you do not follow the University's formal withdrawal process as set by the Office of Student Records you forfeit your refund. Withdrawal tuition refunds are calculated on a class-by-class basis. For refund purposes, the official first day of class is the first   regularly scheduled day of each class in the University's class schedule. To withdraw, students should contact the Office of Student Records
The total withdrawal refund formula: 

  • 100% credit before the first day* of classes
  • 80% credit if 5% or less of the class calendar days
  • 60% credit if 5.01% to 10% of the class calendar days
  • 40% credit if 10.01% to 15% of the class calendar days
  • 20% credit if 15.01% to 20% of the class calendar days
  • No credit will be given after 20% of the class calendar days

*Withdrawals processed on the same day as class starts will be subject to penalty.

The University Catalog is the standard for ruling on all policy matters. Please refer to it for more information and more detailed policy descriptions.

 

Contact Us
The Office of Student Records

Location: Oneal-Sells 
Administration Building, 
Third Floor 
Phone: 817-531-4414 
Fax: 817-531-4464 

Office Hours

Monday - Friday,
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Contact Us:
1201 Wesleyan Street
Fort Worth, TX 76105

817-531-4444
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