Who can request and view educational records?

Parent Question
Mar. 9, 2022Updated Mar. 17, 2022

Only a parent or guardian has the right under FERPA to request and review a student's educational records. Individuals over the age of 18 or those who are enrolled in a postsecondary institution have the right to view their own education records.

Parents of students covered by IDEA, as well as those students themselves, do not need to provide consent when asking someone else to view their education records. A representative of the parent or student can review the educational records without written consent from that parent or student.

For more information, see our article Requesting Your Child’s Educational Records.

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