The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (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 affords students who have attended a post-secondary institution the following rights related to their education records:

  • Inspect and review information in their educational records.
  • Request a correction to their record.
  • Have some control of the disclosure of personally identifiable information from these records (restrict the release of directory information or authorize the disclosure of non-directory information).
  • File complaints with the U.S. Department of Education Family Policy Compliance Office (600 Independence Av SW, Washington, DC 20202).

FERPA does not apply to records of applicants for admission who are denied acceptance or, if accepted, do not attend an institution.

Former students have the same FERPA protections regarding their education records; however, they may no longer request that a privacy status be placed on them.

For more information regarding FERPA, visit the U.S. Department of Education or see the registrar’s Spring 2016 FERPA notification.