Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
At post-secondary institutions, anyone who is enrolled (regardless of age) and former students are protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (“FERPA”). Whether the student is 15 or 55, under FERPA we cannot answer questions or release information about the student (grades, current classes, etc.) to parents/families without the written permission of the student.
FERPA governs access to student records. 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. FERPA awards students, when the student turns 18 years old or enters a post-secondary institution at any age, certain rights in regards to their educational records. FERPA prevents college officials from disclosing personally identifiable information from a student’s educational record, without written permission, unless a student approves 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 for students. Institutions are responsible for ensuring that all of its school officials comply with FERPA. FERPA regulations govern (1) release of education records and (2) access to them. Learn about which 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): Copy of 34 CFR, Part 99, FAMILY EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS AND PRIVACY