Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) for Parents

Parents Access to FERPA Records

Under FERPA, at the postsecondary level, parents have no inherent right to access their son’s or daughter’s education records. The right is limited to the student. The student may submit a ‘Consent for Release of Education Records’ form available online or in the Registrar’s Office if he/she chooses to grant access to parents, spouse, or others.

When do FERPA rights begin?

Once a student has enrolled in college courses, his/her records are covered under FERPA, regardless of the student’s age, and regardless of who is paying for the student’s education. This includes high school students enrolled in college classes.

Who to contact with questions or concerns?

If you have questions regarding FERPA, contact the Registrar’s Office at or 573-518-2119.