Do I Have The Right As A College Student To Access The University´s Files On Me?

Yes. The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) guarantees college students the right to access educational records. FERPA is also referred to as the Buckley Amendment because it was sponsored by Senator James Buckley of New York.

  • FERPA applies to any public or private agency or institution receiving federal funding.
  • FERPA allows students pursuing postsecondary education or students who are above 18 years of age the right to access their education records, the ability to get their education records amended, and some control over the disclosure of their information from the records.
  • FERPA covers all "education records" maintained by an educational institution.
  • FERPA requires prior written consent to be given in order to disclose records to someone else.

For more general information on this law, check out The Department of Education´s website at