University of Virginia

The importance of getting a FERPA release

We’ve mentioned the importance of getting FERPA releases from your college students, especially right at the start of freshman year. Parents do not know that colleges will not communicate directly with them about their children. Federal rules and all that. It’s one thing to not be able to get grades or course information, but the Richmond Times-Dispatch has a incredibly tragic story of how this lack of this "educational rights" stuff can go horribly wrong. Maybe it’s well-intentioned, but it’s up to you to know what’s best for your family.

For more information on getting releases, see our newsletter piece, The Summer of Discontent.