The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), also commonly know as the Buckley Amendment, become law in November 1974 to protect the privacy of personally identifiable information in a student’s education record. However, the courts have been clear that not every document that names or refers to a student is a FERPA record and have typically limited the reach of the statute in a common-sense way to records that have something to do with educational activity

FERPA serves a two-fold purpose: (1) to grant parents (and students 18 or older) access to information in the student’s education record, and (2) to protect that information from disclosure to third parties without parental consent.  

Access your own records:

If you’re 18 or older, or in college or grad school, and want to get a copy of the records the school has on you, our FERPA Request Letter Generator will help you generate a request for those documents. (If you’re under 18 and in high school or earlier, your parent or guardian needs to make the request; they can use this page to generate the legal parts and then change the wording to fit their situation.)

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