What rights do parents have under FERPA?

  • FERPA gives certain rights to parents regarding their children's educational records.
    • Rights transfer to the student:
      • Upon reaching 18 years of age or
      • Attending any school beyond the secondary level (High School).

  • When may a parent access a student's educational records?
    • Law allows parental access if student is claimed as a dependent for Federal income tax purposes.
    • Access is granted to both the parent who claims the student as well as the parent who is not claiming the student.
    • Parent must complete Parental Request for Academic Information (available in the Registrar's Office or academic department) each time information is requested.

    • Parental Affidavit for Academic Information (.pdf)

  • How can a parent access student information if the student is not being claimed by either parent for Federal income tax purposes?
    • Parent can have access only if the student is willing to release information.
    • Student must complete Student Consent for Release of Records (available in the Registrar's Office or academic department) each time information is to be released.

    • Student Consent for Release of Records (.pdf)

  • A parent may access student information but may not act on the student's behalf except in emergency situations.