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Educational Rights for 18 Year Old Students

When a student turns 18 years old, or enters a postsecondary institution at any age, the rights formerly given to parents under FERPA transfer from the parents to the student (“eligible student”). The FERPA statute is found at 20 U.S.C. § 1232g and the FERPA regulations are found at 34 CFR Part 99. The eligible student has the right to have access to his or her education records, the right to seek to have the records amended, the right to have control over the disclosure of personally identifiable information from the records, and the right to file a complaint with the US Department of Education.
Although the rights under FERPA have been given to the student, a school may still disclose some information from an “eligible student’s” education records to the parents of the student, without the student’s consent
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