Cybersecurity – Another important role for financial aid professionals

By Catherine Mueller

August 10, 2017

As a financial aid professional, your job has unique functions and responsibilities – differing from other employees on campus.

But there is one responsibility that is the same for every employee of a postsecondary institution. It is data security, and it is critical to the livelihood of your organization.

Financial aid offices handle a lot of personal information for students and their families, and with the collection of personal documents for verification, the security of personal data has to be a priority.

Fortunately, there are some online resources to help your office manage compliance with data security regulations. FSA has added a new web page consolidating its cybersecurity information and resources at ifap.ed.gov/eannouncements/Cyber.html. The Protecting Student Privacy website at studentprivacy.ed.gov/ is also another resource with information for financial aid professionals and others dealing with student data.

Mapping Your Future provides services and resources to help your school and your students. MappingXpress service provides schools and other organizations a secure and easy manner to collect documents from students and parents. An online process, MappingXpress enables schools to streamline document collection and provides students a convenient and secure way to quickly respond to the request.

For questions or more information about MappingXpress or security procedures, contact Mapping Your Future at feedback@mappingyourfuture.org or (800) 374-4072.