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Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

In compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, commonly known as FERPA, Arizona State University cannot release personally identifiable information from the student's educational records, including student account information, to a third-party (e.g., spouses, parents, sponsors, etc.) without written consent.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 is a federal law that protects the privacy of student educational records. It applies to all educational agencies or institutions that receive funds under any program administered by the Secretary of Education. Students have specific, protected rights regarding the release of such records, and FERPA requires that institutions adhere strictly to these guidelines.

Any record that contains information that is directly related to the student is an educational record under FERPA. Although general information, termed "directory information", is releasable without the student's consent (unless the student indicated otherwise) student consent is required before institutions can disclose "personally identifiable information" from the student's educational record, even to the student's immediate family. Student account billing information is personally identifiable information, and therefore is subject to nondisclosure under FERPA. Categories of education records areas may include academic, financial, residential life, activities, disciplinary, etc. Medical and/or personal counseling records may be protected under separate regulations and professional guidelines.

For students protection, services over the telephone and e-mail may be limited if the university representative you are calling or emailing is not confident of your identity. Students are required to provide picture identification for in-person access to services and their records.

Students are afforded certain rights beyond privacy under the FERPA regulation

Granting Access

Students may grant parents, spouses and others permission to their ASU financial information through My ASU Parent Guest Access.

A parent of a dependent student may challenge denial of access to the dependent student's record by producing the most current copy of Internal Revenue Form 1040. (Dependency is defined in Section 152 of the Internal Revenue Code.) If that form lists the student in question as a dependent, the parent will be required to sign an Affidavit of Dependency which affirms that the student is his/her tax dependent. The affidavit will be retained by the University Registrar's Office and must be renewed each tax year. Upon receipt of these documents, the dependent student records may be made available to the parent as specified under FERPA.