What is FERPA?
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that affords parents the right to have access to their children’s education records, the right to seek to have the records amended, and the right to have some control over the disclosure of personally identifiable information from the education records. When a student turns 18 years old, or enters a postsecondary institution at any age, the rights under FERPA transfer from the parents to the student (“eligible student”). The FERPA statute is found at 20 U.S.C. § 1232g and the FERPA regulations are found at 34 CFR Part 99.
Below is a list of resources to learn more about FERPA:
Student Privacy 101: Student Privacy at the US Department of Education
FERPA Frequently Asked Questions
FERPA Guidelines for Parents and Students
Parents' Guide to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act: Rights Regarding Children’s Education Records