Releasing Personal Information and Authorizing Others to Act on Your Behalf

The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (Alberta) (‘FOIP’) governs the collection, use and disclosure of information for Alberta Advanced Education – Alberta Student Aid.

The Alberta Student Aid Agreement, the Application for Financial Assistance for Full Time Post-Secondary Studies, and the Application for Financial Assistance for Part-Time Post-Secondary Studies provide information about the individuals or entities that Alberta Student Aid may disclose the student’s personal information to, however other disclosures may also be authorized by FOIP.

The student may also give further direction to Alberta Student Aid through a Power of Attorney or Consent to Disclose.

Power of Attorney

A student may complete a Power of Attorney for Alberta Student Aid form to allow another person to act on the student’s behalf with respect to funding from Alberta Student Aid and to receive the student’s personal information.

The Power of Attorney form allows the student’s attorney to take any action on the student’s behalf other than completing an Application for Financial Assistance Full Time Post-Secondary Studies or signing the student’s Canada MSFAA or Alberta Student Aid Agreement. This Power of Attorney form grants authority for a 5-year period unless it is revoked sooner by the student.

There is a separate Power of Attorney form for Canada Student Loans, available at studentaid.alberta.ca.

Release of Parent or Spouse/Partner Information

The personal and financial information of parents and spouse/partner who are listed on the student’s application is confidential and may not be shared with anyone other than the person to whom the information belongs, unless that person provides written consent for the information to be shared or it is otherwise in compliance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.