Communicating with your Student’s College Under Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
Think College Insight Brief #31 explains what FERPA is and how it can affect the relationship with your child’s college staff and faculty.As traditional four-year universities, community colleges, and trade and technical schools enroll more youth with disabilities, they are also hearing from more parents who expect to provide additional guidance and support to their youth during this transition. Parents accustomed to the Individualized Education Program (IEP) and transition team are often surprised to find there are no such supports at the college or university level. In fact, postsecondary institutions sometimes discourage parent involvement and do not make it a common practice to communicate with families. Parents may be told that the postsecondary institution cannot communicate education or health information to families due to FERPA.
PACER’s National Parent Center on Transition and Employment (2017). Communicating with Your Student’s College under Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Think College Insight Brief, Issue No. 31. Boston, MA: University of Massachusetts Boston, Institute for Community Inclusion.