Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) gives eligible students certain rights with respect to their education records. It provides that all records pertaining to a student that are maintained by the College District must be open to inspection by the student and may not be made available to any other person without the written authorization of the student.

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 post-secondary institution. Students to whom the rights have transferred are "eligible students."

An eligible student has the right to inspect and review student records maintained by the College District. The College District is not required to provide copies of records unless, for reasons such as great distance, it is impossible for parents or eligible students to review the records. Students may be charged a fee for copies. 

Generally, the College District must have written permission from a student in order to release any information from your student record. However, FERPA allows the college to disclose those records, without consent, to the following parties or under the following conditions:

  • School officials with legitimate educational interest
  • Other schools to which a student is transferring
  • Specified officials for audit or evaluation purposes
  • Appropriate parties in connection with financial aid to a student
  • Organizations conducting certain studies for or on behalf of the school
  • Accrediting organizations
  • To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena
  • Appropriate officials in cases of health and safety emergencies
  • State and local authorities, within a juvenile justice system, pursuant to specific State law

FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their child’s student 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.

Under FERPA, parents cannot access a student’s grades – including minors – without authorization on file.

Students can authorize another individual to access their educational records and to serve as a proxy on behalf of the student when speaking with Blinn by filling out a FERPA release form and submitting it to Enrollment Services. Please note the specific requirements for support documentation if the form is submitted via email or mail.

Students should be aware that this authorization does not expire and remains active until revoked in writing by the student to Enrollment Services.