What is FERPA?

FERPA stands for Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (sometimes called the Buckley Amendment). Passed by Congress in 1974, the Act regulates the release of education records, and grants four specific rights to students:

  • the right to view all information the institution is keeping in his/her student file
  • the right to seek amendment to those records and, in certain cases, append a statement to the record
  • the right to consent to disclosure of his/her records
  • the right to file a complaint with the FERPA Office in Washington, D.C.