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:
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.