Federal Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA) Of 1974

Federal Education Rights and Privacy Act Information at Ridgewater College


When a student becomes 18, the rights transfer from parents to the student.

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. But only if the student gives the parent or student spouse permission. 


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FERPA at a Glance: Questions from Parents - PDF 1 page

In order to release academic or financial information to a parent or spouse, students will need to fill out the Authorization to Release Student Information form.

Unless this form is filled out, your information cannot be released to anyone other than yourself.

If you have any questions, please contact the Records and Registration Office at 320-222-5200.