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Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.

FERPA gives students rights to their education records when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level. Students to whom the rights have transferred are “eligible students.” Eligible students have the right to inspect and review the student’s education records maintained by the school.

Additionally, a school official with a legitimate educational interests is permitted to access education records.

Education Records: records directly related to a student and maintained by the institution or by a party acting for the institution. Examples include schedule of classes, official advising notes, student account and financial aid records, transcripts, and admission applications of current students.

School Officials: members of an institution who act in the student’s education interest within the limitations of their “need to know.” Examples include faculty, administration, clerical/professional employees, student employees, contractors and volunteers performing institutional functions, etc.

FERPA goes into effect the first day of classes, in-person or by correspondence, for new students and remains in effect until written notice of the student or death of the student.

Academic and Financial Releases

Access to student records at Colleges and Universities are protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). As a result, students who desire to approve the discussion of their academic progress and release of their final Drew grades, as well as the discussion and release of financial information as it pertains to their enrollment at Drew to their parents, guardians, or spouses may grant these permission online. Us the link below to access treehouse. (Once you sign in click on the Students Tab, look under “Help & Services” box, click on link titled: “Parent/Guardian Proxy Access”)

If you have any questions, email