WCU Parents

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Where your student will go to college is one of the most important decisions you’ll make together. Just as we take a hands-on approach with every WCU student, we’re also here for you as you navigate this transition. The most important piece of advice we can offer is to remember that your 18-year-old is now considered an adult, and every challenge she or he face is a learning and growth opportunity for them to navigate as they prepare for their careers and futures. Although it may be tempting to step in when things get tough for your child, now is the time to step back and allow your student to develop the confidence and skills they need that will pave the way for a successful career and life after college.

FAQs for Parents

Authorized access to student account

WCU is required to respect and guard the privacy of each of our students. Students have the ability to give others access their academic and business account information. The university cannot share a student's academic records or account information with anyone who has not been authorized by the student. For a parent to become an Authorized User, students can follow the process outlined on the Bill Payment Instructions website to give another individual access to their business account information – tuition bills, account activity, billing history, etc.

Release of student information (ferpa)

Regarding the release of official WCU information, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. Before any WCU administrative office can discuss issues pertaining to a student's records with third parties, we must have consent from the student. Students can follow the process outlined on the Release of Student Information website to allow other individuals access to their academic records.

FERPA prevents us from disclosing information regarding student conduct charges to parents/guardians unless the charge is related to alcohol or drugs. The Department of Student Community Ethics notifies parents/guardians of students under the age of 21 if they are found responsible for any alcohol and/or drug violation(s).

on campus parking

Students, even first year students, are allowed to have cars on campus. Students will need to complete the online registration form to register their vehicle with the University Police. Please be aware that parking regulations are strictly enforced on campus. Students also have access to WCU’s Cat Tran, which provides on-campus transportation service and serves as the off-campus housing shuttle, providing service to students who reside at local apartment complexes.

your student's new mailing address

Student's Name
Western Carolina University
245 Memorial Dr.
Suite ________
Cullowhee, NC 28723

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