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Why can’t I get my son/daughter’s final grades or a copy of his/her class schedule? I’m paying the bill! 

How can I pay my son/daughter’s account if you can’t even tell me how much he/she still owes? 

Can I have a log-in to my son/daughter’s My MC account? 

Can you send me a letter certifying that my child is enrolled as a full-time student at Montgomery College? 

How can my son/daughter provide me access to his/her student record? 

Can my son/daughter permanently block my access to his/her student record? 

 

Q: Why can’t I get my son/daughter’s final grades or a copy of his/her class schedule? I’m paying the bill! 

A: When a student reaches the age of 18 or begins attending a postsecondary institution regardless of age, FERPA rights transfer to the student, regardless of who is paying the tuition bill. FERPA is a federal law that limits access to student education records, including grades and class schedules. This means that Montgomery College cannot tell you when and where a student’s class is being held or if a student is present. Your best bet is to maintain open communication with your son/daughter about their academic progress at Montgomery College.

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Q: How can I pay my son/daughter’s account if you can’t even tell me how much he/she still owes? 

A: Have your son or daughter log-on to My MC. My MC provides students access to registration, their account balance, and allows students to sign up for a payment plan. My MC also provides students with access to their earned grades and current class schedule.

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Q: Can I have a log-in to my son/daughter’s My MC account? 

A: Montgomery College does not have third party access to My MC. Montgomery College students are advised not to share their log-in information with anyone, as all students are held fiscally and legally responsible for actions taken through My MC.

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Q: Can you send me a letter certifying that my child is enrolled as a full-time student at Montgomery College? 

A: Often parents need letters of certification about their son/daughter’s enrollment to provide an employer for tuition benefits or insurance companies to continue coverage and/or receive a discounted rate. The Office of Admissions and Records processes these requests on a daily basis. Students should drop off the appropriate form to the Office of Admissions and Records for processing.  The Office of Admissions and Records also produces enrollment verification letters.

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Q: How can my son/daughter provide me access to his/her student record? 

A: The Office of Admissions and Records has a "Permission to Release/Withhold Education Record Information" form. Students may complete this form at the Office of Admissions and Records. The form allows students to designate third parties who may have full access to their student records. Should a parent wish to take access a student's record, they must come in person to the Office of Admissions and Records and present a picture ID and their most recent Federal Tax Return verifying that the student is a legal, tax dependent.

Please note: Parental access to a student’s record does not include current academic progress. This means that you may be provided access to grades earned, Montgomery College will not provide progress reports to parents for the current semester. Your best bet is to maintain open communication with your son/ daughter about their academic progress at Montgomery College.

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Q: Can my son/daughter permanently block my access to his/her student record?

A: Yes, any student at Montgomery College may submit the "Permission to Release/Withhold Education Record Information" form. This form provides students the legal right to request directory information be withheld from all individuals, including parents. To that end, it is best to maintain open communication with your son or daughter about their academic progress at Montgomery College.

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