Parent or Guardian

You want the best education possible for your child — so do we. Having a supportive home environment is a key factor in academic success, so we hope that you will consider yourself our partner in fostering their growth at CF.

How You Can Help

  • Encourage your child to take advantage of the many resources offered on campus, such as advising, tutoring and career services.
  • Assist your child with filling out the FAFSA and scholarship applications.
  • Teach your child about time management skills as they balance coursework, social activities, and work.
  • Discuss options for what comes next after CF. Explore our transfer universities or internship opportunities with your child.
  • Check the CF events calendar frequently to stay aware of upcoming activities.

Graduate Saying Thank You to Parents

Students in Class

Foster Student Information

CF will waive tuition and fees for wards of state or students in foster care. Guardians can receive a Department of Children and Family Services waiver form by contacting their state agency. Submit the signed form to CF prior to the payment deadline for the semester the student will be attending.

Forms and documents can be dropped off at a CF Enrollment Services location near you or emailed to

FERPA for Parents

The Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 assigns to the student who is 18 years of age or older, not the parent, certain privacy rights regarding their educational record. In general, this means that students need to give their permission for the release of information about their educational record, even to release information to parents.

Under FERPA, the following pieces of information are considered “directory,” or public information. This means that the information can be released to anyone, including parents, without the student’s permission. Students do have the right, however, to prevent the release of even directory information. If students have exercised their right not to have directory information released, CF may not release it, even to parents, without the student’s permission. Directory information includes the following:

  • Name
  • Dates of attendance
  • Degree(s) and honors awarded
  • Major(s), minor(s), and field(s)
  • Participation in officially recognized sports or activities*
  • Weight and height of members of athletic teams*

Students may prohibit the release of any of the items listed above. Students may prohibit the release of their name (and consequently all other information) after an appointment with the Registrar to discuss the ramifications of this action.

All other information regarding a student is considered private and can be released only with the permission of the student. This includes information about courses in which the student is enrolled, grades received, locations of courses, academic standing information, financial aid information, student account information, etc.