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The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

Introduction


What is FERPA?  This tutorial will help you understand what FERPA is, and why it is important to understand.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
Passed by Congress in 1974, the Act grants four specific rights to the eligible student*:

  • The right to see the educational records that the institution is keeping on the student

  • The right to seek amendment to those records and in certain cases append a statement to the record

  • The right to consent to disclosure of his/her records

  • The right to file a complaint with the Family Policy Compliance Office
  • *Eligible Student: When a student turns 18 years old, or attends a postsecondary institution at any age, the rights under FERPA transfer from the parent(s) or guardian(s) to the student. Unless the student releases this information to their parent(s) or guardian(s), this protected information is available exclusively to the student.

    FERPA protects records of students who are or have been in attendance.  It does not protect records of applicants who did not attend.

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