Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA)

Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act for Parents & Eligible Students

This page provides information and resources to assist parents of students enrolled in public elementary and secondary schools. FERPA generally does not apply to most private elementary schools and secondary schools, as they do not receive U.S. Department of Education funding. FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children's education records. Parents should understand that their rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a postsecondary school at any age. Students to whom the rights have transferred are "eligible students." FERPA gives parents and eligible students these basic rights:
  • The right to inspect and review the student's education records maintained by the school;
  • The right to request that a school amend the student's education records;
  • The right to consent in writing to the disclosure of personally identifiable information from the student's education record, except under certain permitted situation; and
  • The right to file a complaint with the Family Policy Compliance Office (FPCO) regarding an alleged violation under FERPA.



FPCO FERPA for Parents and Eligible Students FAQs

Title 34, Code of Federal Regulations, section 300.623. Safeguards