Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA)

Undergraduate Students Only

When a student turns 18 years of age or enrolls in a postsecondary institution, the student, and not the parent, may access, seek to amend, and consent to disclosures of his or her education records.

FERPA is a federal law that governs and protects your rights to your individual educational records. As a student over the age of 18 years or enrolled in a postsecondary institution, your primary rights under FERPA are:

  • Your right to review and inspect your educational records
  • Your right to have your educational records amended or corrected
  • Your right to control disclosure of certain portions of your educational records

You can find more information about FERPA on the U.S. Department of Education’s website.

Faculty and staff should click here for Northeastern-specific FERPA information related to student data.