Education Records

Generally, schools must have written permission from the eligible student in order to release any information from a student's education record. However, FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) allows schools to disclose those records, without consent, to the following parties or under the following conditions (34 CFR § 99.31):

  • School officials with legitimate educational interest   
  • Other schools to which a student is transferring       
  • Specified officials for audit or evaluation purposes      
  • Appropriate parties in connection with financial aid to a student    
  • Organizations conducting certain studies for or on behalf of the school  
  • Accrediting organizations      
  • To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena       
  • Appropriate officials in cases of health and safety emergencies      
  • State and local authorities, within a juvenile justice system, pursuant to specific State law
Some Colleges and University use services such as The National Student Clearinghouse If these records need to accessed from these pay for service sources, there will be additional charges.

Schools may disclose, without consent, "directory" information such as a student's name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, honors and awards, and dates of attendance. However, schools must tell parents and eligible students about directory information and allow parents and eligible students a reasonable amount of time to request that the school not disclose directory information about them. Schools must notify parents and eligible students annually of their rights under FERPA. The actual means of notification (special letter, inclusion in a PTA bulletin, student handbook, or newspaper article) is left to the discretion of each school.

Though national in scope, data provided by NationsCheck is compiled from multiple public record data sources. NationsCheck makes no claims to the completeness of its database or that data for all states or jurisdictions is included in its current product offerings.  NationsCheck takes reasonable measures to update these records as available, but as in all public records, we rely on the completeness and accuracy of each state's records.

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