The Family Policy Compliance Office is excited to announce the launch  of the new Student Privacy Website! This new website replaces both the Privacy Technical Assistance Center’s and the Family Policy Compliance Office’s sites.  The Student Privacy Website can be found at: Be sure to update your bookmarks accordingly!

FERPA School Officials Accordion

FERPA Description & FPCO Mission Statement

General FERPA Description:
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"). The FERPA statute is found at 20 U.S.C. § 1232g and the FERPA regulations are found at 34 CFR Part 99.

Mission Statement For FPCO:
The mission of the Family Policy Compliance Office (FPCO) is to meet the needs of the Department's primary customers--learners of all ages--by effectively implementing two laws that seek to ensure student and parental rights in education: the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA).

FERPA Resources for K-12, SEA and LEA School Officials


FERPA for School Officials Guidance and Notices

Model Notifications for LEA Officials

Guidance for Reasonable Methods and Written Agreements

FPCO Letters for K-12 and SEA Officials

Model Form for Disclosure to Parents of Dependent Students and Consent Form for Disclosure to Parents          (  En español  PDF )

Model Form for Disclosure to Parents of Dependent Students    (  En español  PDF )

FERPA Model Notice for Directory Information    (  En español  PDF )

Laws and Regulations

Title 34, Part 99 - Family Educational Rights and Privacy

December 2, 2011 Rules and Regulations (PDF)

FERPA for School Officials FAQ PDF

Addressing Emergencies on Campus

FERPA and the Disclosure of Student Information Related to Emergencies and Disasters

FERPA and the H1N1 Virus

Joint Guidance on the Application of FERPA and HIPAA to Student Health Records

Disclosure of Student Financial Aid Information

Amendments to FERPA Relating to Anti-Terrorism Activities

The Legislative History of FERPA

The Uninterrupted Scholars Act

IDEA and FERPA Confidentiality Provisions

Notice to Chief State School Officers

Notice to Superintendents

FERPA Final Regulations Relating to Electronic Consent and Signature, 34 CFR Part 99s

Dear Colleague Letter re: conditions under which institutions may disclose personally identifiable information from education records to Federal Student Aid (SFA) without consent

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) Model Notice for Directory Information