Education Privacy Act
Education Privacy Act Information
We protect all student records against any inquiries from any source without a student’s permission except for agencies that have a right to know. These agencies regulate the educational quality of the school and licensing of the School and Administration of Federal Financial Aid programs. They are the Commission for Independent Education, N.A.C.C.A.S., and the U.S. Department of Education. No other information will be released to any other sources without the student’s or the parent or legal guardian if the student is a dependent minor, written permission for each third-party request.
Federal Education Right to Privacy Act
Pell Grants are awards of Federal-Aid ranging up to $6195. The amount is based on a determination by the US Department of Education of the students’ needs. A Pell Grant is an entitlement, which means if a student qualifies for an award, they will receive it provided they meet the qualifications.
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.
FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children’s education records. These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level. Students to whom the rights have transferred are “eligible students.”
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. You may read additional information here.