Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) is a federal law designed to protect the privacy of education records, to establish the right of students to inspect and review their education  records, and to provide guidelines for the correction of inaccurate and misleading data through informal and formal hearings. The Act applies to all institutions that are recipients of federal aid administered by the Secretary of Education. Students who are currently enrolled or formerly enrolled regardless of their age or financial dependency status are protected under FERPA

What does this mean to my student and me?

In accordance with FERPA, the College is permitted to disclose the academic and financial records of a student to a third party if the College has written consent from the student on file. Your student will need to fill out this form in order for the College to release information to a third party, including parents. Without this form, parents CANNOT conduct College business on the student’s behalf at ANY office.

• FERPA General Guidance for Parents 

• (Spanish) Guia General Para Los Padres Sobre FERPA

• Parent’s Guide to FERPA