FERPA for Parents
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act or the Buckley Amendment, FERPA is a federal law that was enacted in 1974 to protect the privacy of student educational records. All institutions that receive federal funding must comply with FERPA.
At primary through secondary institutions (K-12) the rights to a student’s education records lie with the parents. When a student turns 18 years of age, or regardless of age, enters a post-secondary institution, such as AUM, the rights to educational records transfer to the student.
As a parent, you need to understand how the law changes once your child enrolls at a post-secondary institution. In essence, he or she becomes the “owner” of his or her educational records.