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.

For more information regarding FERPA, visit the U.S. Department of Education or review the Office of the Registrar's notification of student privacy rights, which is sent to all active CU Boulder students every fall and spring semester.


At CU Boulder, FERPA protections go into effect on the first day of classes of your first term of enrollment. 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.

Your Rights

FERPA affords students who have attended a post-secondary institution the following rights related to their education records: