Access to your Student's Education Records
According to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), when a student becomes an “eligible student” the rights to inspect education records transfers from the parent to the student. Eligible student is defined as a student who has reached 18 years of age or is attending an institution of postsecondary education. This means that when your student begins attending BYU—Idaho, they have discretion as to who may see their education records including course grades and academic standing even if Mom and Dad are paying the tuition!
FERPA does allow, however, for parents to receive final grade reports for their student if the student was claimed as a dependent on the parent’s most recent tax return forms. Parents desiring to receive their student’s final grades can fill out the Certificate of Dependence form.
Additionally, students may submit the 3rd Party Release Form if they desire to have their parents have access to additional education records on their behalf.