FERPA Information

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (also known as the "Buckley Amendment") was created to protect the privacy of students.  Learn more about this important act below.

Purpose of FERPA

FERPA gives students who have reached the age of 18 or who attend a post secondary institution the right to inspect and review their own educational records.  FERPA applies to the education records of persons who are or have been in attendance in post secondary institutions, including students in cooperative and correspondence study programs. FERPA does not apply to records of applicants for admission who are denied acceptance or, if accepted, do not attend an institution.  Furthermore, rights are not given by FERPA to students enrolled in once component of an institution who seek to be admitted in another component of an institution.

Written Consent to Disclose Student Information

Disclosure of a student’s record may only be provided to a third party with written consent from the student. This would include spouses, parents, other relatives, and employers. If you would like UMUC to discuss aspects of your UMUC student records with a third party please complete and submit the FERPA release form per the instructions on the form.

Download the FERPA Release Form. [84k]

For more information about FERPA, please visit the Financial Aid Web site.