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Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

About the Act

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA; (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 C.F.R. § 99) is a federal law that affords parents the right to have access to their children’s education records, the right to seek to have the records amended, and the right to have some control over the disclosure of personally identifiable information from the records. When a student turns 18 years old, or enters a postsecondary institution at any age, the rights under FERPA transfer from the parents to the student (“eligible student”).

Under the McKinney-Vento Act, information about the living situation of a child or youth experiencing homelessness shall be treated as a student education record, and shall not be deemed to be directory information [42 U.S.C. § 11432(g)3)(G)].

Regulations and Guidance