Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

FERPA gives students the right to control who sees their college records.

What is FERPA?

FERPA is The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended in 1976, which sets forth requirements designed to protect the privacy of student education records.

Who is protected under FERPA?

Current or formerly enrolled students are protected under FERPA. Students who have applied but have not attended are not protected.

Where can I get more information about FERPA?

Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Ave., S.W.
Washington, DC 20202-4605

Web address: www.ed.gov/offices/OM/fpco/