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The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)- The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records.  The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.  FERPA gives parents certain right with respect to their children’s education records.  These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level.  Students to whom the rights have transferred are “eligible students.”  If a student wishes to allow a parent/guardian to a have access to their records they may sign a written permission form available in the Registrar’s office.

More information: www.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/index.html