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FERPA for Parents

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The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974, as amended (also known as the Buckley Amendment), affords current students certain rights with respect to their education records. Parents should be aware of the following:

Disclosure of Information to a Parent or Spouse of a Student

A parent or spouse of a student is advised that information contained in educational records, except as may be determined to be Directory Information, will not be disclosed to him/her without the prior written consent of the son, daughter, or spouse.

However, If a student is claimed as a dependent for Federal income tax purposes by either parent, then under the newest regulations, either parent may have access to the studentÔÇÖs education records without the studentÔÇÖs consent. The parents must submit a copy of their most current Federal Tax return to the Office of the Registrar verifying that the student is in fact a dependent.

To review more about FERPA and how it relates to your student and UH Hilo, please visit the FERPA page at the Office of the Registrar.