Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that has policies and procedures for disclosing information contained in student records and to protect the privacy of these records. 

The student is the "owner" of his or her education record, and the institution is the "custodian" of that record.

FERPA begins when a student becomes 18 or enrolls in a higher education institution at any age.

Students have the right to see everything in their "education record" except:

Education records include any record maintained by the institution that is related to the student (in whatever format or medium) with some defined exceptions: