On-Campus Living

Information for Parents and Guardians

What is FERPA and how does it apply to students’ families?

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) deals specifically with the education records of students (including campus housing records), affording them certain rights with respect to those records. FERPA gives students who attend a postsecondary institution the right to review their own records and have some control over the disclosure of personally identifiable information included in those records. FERPA generally prevents our staff from discussing housing records (applications, assignments, etc) with anyone other than the student unless that student has completed a UAA Authorization to Release Education Record Information form. For more information about FERPA, please see the University of Alaska System FERPA page.

If my student is a minor, will I need to sign any additional forms for their housing or meal plan?

A parent or guardian must sign most forms for students who are under the age of 18. If a student completes a housing application online and will not be 18 at the time of move-in, we will email the student a form requesting a parent or guardian signature to complete the application. If the student will be 18 when they move in, they’ll be able to sign the contract at the time of move-in as a legal adult so a parent/guardian signature will not be required with their housing application.

How should I address mail for my student?

All student mail comes to a centralized location in the Gorsuch Commons and is then distributed to mailboxes. If you send your student a package, they’ll get a package slip in their mailbox and can collect their package at the Housing Desk in the Gorsuch Commons. Please use the format below to address packages to your student.

Your student’s first and last name
℅ UAA Housing
3700 Sharon Gagnon Lane
Anchorage, AK 99508

A few things to know about sending mail:

  • You do not need to include a room number or mailbox number on your package. Since students sometimes change rooms and/or mailboxes, our mail staff checks the current PO Box for each piece of mail.
  • Be sure to use the student’s first or preferred name as it appears in their UAOnline account. If you use a nickname or any other name that our computer system doesn’t recognize, your student probably won’t receive their mail.

Can I help my student pay for their housing or meal plan?

With the exception of the application fee and deposit, all other housing and dining charges are applied to student accounts, along with tuition and other UAA fees. Students can access their accounts through UAOnline, and also have the option to invite others (parents or guardians) to view or make payments on their account. For more information on sharing account access, please visit the Student Account Center.

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