FERPA Release Form

A FERPA release form authorizes a college or university to share a student’s records with third parties. The document outlines which individuals or entities will be able to access the student’s personal information, academic records, transcripts, and bursar records. Once the student signs the release, it will remain in effect until they revoke it in writing.

FERPA Release Form

A FERPA release form authorizes a college or university to share a student’s records with third parties. The document outlines which individuals or entities will be able to access the student’s personal information, academic records, transcripts, and bursar records. Once the student signs the release, it will remain in effect until they revoke it in writing.

Last updated April 9th, 2024

A FERPA release form authorizes a college or university to share a student’s records with third parties. The document outlines which individuals or entities will be able to access the student’s personal information, academic records, transcripts, and bursar records. Once the student signs the release, it will remain in effect until they revoke it in writing.

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Students’ Privacy

The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) was enacted in 1974 to protect the privacy of student information by limiting the release of school records.[1]

No organization is permitted to access student records without a signed FERPA release from the student unless they qualify as:

  • School staff and administrators with a valid educational interest
  • Faculty of other schools where the student may transfer
  • Parents of dependent students (i.e., a full-time student under 24 years old)
  • The issuer of a judicial order or subpoena
  • Education authorities auditing a student’s compliance with financial aid requirements
  • Organizations conducting studies for schools
  • Accrediting agencies ensuring compliance with educational standards
  • Authorities investigating a health or safety threat