Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, otherwise known as FERPA, is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. At post-secondary institutions, all currently enrolled and former students (regardless of age) are protected by FERPA. Whether you are 15 or 55, under FERPA, we cannot answer questions or release information about you (grades, current classes, etc.) to your parents/families without your written permission.
When you turn 18 years old or enter a post-secondary institution at any age, FERPA awards you certain rights in regards to your educational records. FERPA prevents college officials from disclosing personally identifiable information from your educational record, without your written permission, unless you approve disclosure by submitting a signed consent form. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education, such as Federal Financial Aid. Institutions are responsible for ensuring that all of its school officials comply with FERPA. FERPA regulations govern:
- the release of education records
- access to educational records
Learn about which of your student information Central Piedmont staff can and can't share with third parties under FERPA regulations.
- U.S. Department of Education - Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA): FERPA interpretations by U.S. Department of Education
- GPO U.S. Government Publishing Office - Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA): Electronic Code of Federal Regulations version of Part 99 - Family Education Rights and Privacy