The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that affords
parents the right to have access to their children’s education records, the right
to seek to have the records amended, and the right to have some control over the disclosure
of personally identifiable information from the education records. When a student
turns 18 years old, or enters a postsecondary institution at any age, the rights under
FERPA transfer from the parents to the student (“eligible student”).