Notice to Participants

The Office of Higher Education does not discriminate on the basis of disability in the admission or access to, or treatment or employment, in its programs or activities. This document can be made available in an alternative format to individuals by calling (651) 355-0609.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) & State Financial Aid Application

The Office of Higher Education cannot award MN Reconnect funds to individuals who did not submit the FAFSA or State Financial Aid Application. Failure to submit the application may result in the student being responsible for tuition and related educational costs.

Use of Data

Pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, Sec. 13.04, subd. 2 (2004), you are hereby informed that the information supplied in this form may be used as follows: (1) in the processing and verification of the data supplied to determine your eligibility for this program; (2) tracking progress in the MN Reconnect program; (3) for surveying participants about services received and outcomes related to this program, and (4) for compilation and analysis of summary data relative to this program. Private data, including identifying information, will not be disclosed under Minnesota Statutes, Sec. 13.32, unless otherwise stated by statute or at the request of the Legislative Auditor. You are not required to provide the information supplied in this form. However, failure to submit requested data may prevent further processing of this form. The information supplied in this form may be shared with other public and private individuals and entities in order to use the information for the purposes specified above.

Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA)

FERPA pertains specifically to education records of students, affording them certain rights with respect to those records. Education records are records that directly relate to a student and are maintained by an institution or a party acting as an institution. FERPA applies to all educational agencies and institutions that receive funding under most programs administered by the Secretary of Education (34 C.F.R. 99.1). Almost all postsecondary institutions, both public and private, generally receive such funding and must comply with FERPA. Under FERPA, students are given three primary rights: (1) inspect and review their education records; (2) have some control over the disclosure of information from their education records; (3) and seek to amend incorrect education records.