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. 
    • Parent 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 the 3rd Party Release via myUNT.
    • Students can find directions on how to complete the process here.
  • A parent may access student information but may not act on the student's behalf except in emergency situations.

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