The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The rule applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.
FERPA gives parents certain rights concerning their children’s education records. These rights transfer to the student when they reach the age of 18 or attend a school beyond the high school level. Students to whom the rights have transferred are “eligible students.”