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The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) deals specifically with the education
records of students, affording them certain rights with respect to those records. For purposes
of definition, education records are those records which are
FERPA gives students who reach the age of 18, or who attend a postsecondary institution, the
right to inspect and review their own education records. Furthermore, students have other
rights including the right to request amendment of records and to have some control over the
disclosure of personally identifiable information form these records.
FERPA applies to all education agencies and institutions that receive funding under most
programs administered by the Secretary of Education (34 C.F>R. 99.1). Almost all
postsecondary institutions, both public and private, generally receive such funding and must,
there, comply with FERPA.
Under FERPA, student are given three primary rights. They have the right to: inspect and
review their education records; have some control over the disclosure of information from their
education records; and seek to amend incorrect education records.