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Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act of 1974

According to the FERPA Guide written by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), FERPA is:

"A federal law designed to protect the privacy of education records, to establish the right of students to inspect and review their education records, and to provide guidelines for the correction of inaccurate and misleading data through informal and formal hearings."

The FERPA Act applies to both K-12 and higher education. The main difference between these two levels is that the rights are ascribed to the student at the higher education level and to the parents at the K-12 level. FERPA rights are granted to parents until their child reaches the age of 18 or begins attending an institution of higher education regardless of age. We have many students enrolled at our university who are under the age of 18. These students, who are typically classified as non-degree or extension students, are protected under FERPA.

The Act is enforced by the Family Policy Compliance Office, which is part of the U.S. Department of Education.

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