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Fast Facts: The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) protects the privacy of “student education records” defined as records, documents, and materials maintained by an education agency or institution about a student. Except in specified circumstances, education agencies and institutions must obtain the consent of a student or their parent/guardian before releasing education records.

To learn more about FERPA, including the information it protects, who must comply with the law, who may access education records, and when and how education agencies and institutions may release education records, please read our Fast Facts on FERPA below.

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