What is FERPA?

FERPA is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) applies to all schools, public or private, who receive funds from the U.S Department of Education for financial aid programs including Pell Grants and other federally funded scholarships/grants which are not based on need.

FERPA’s main goal is to protect students’ educational record information from being released without their consent while they’re in school so it can’t be used against them when applying for jobs or admission into other higher education institutions later on down the line.

The law applies to all schools from kindergarten through graduate school, as well as public libraries that provide free tutoring or educational classes. It also includes private companies working with students on academic matters such as college entrance exams, standardized tests, class schedules, and so forth.

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