FERPA for Parents





What rights do I have under FERPA?
FERPA covers the rights of the student to privacy.


But I'm the one paying the tuition! Surely I have a right to see my child's grades/class schedule/receive the bill!
You have no inherent right to inspect your child's educational records if he or she refuses to give them to you.

There are 4 ways you may legally receive access to your child's education records from UAB:

  1. Your child may complete an online form through BlazerNET and send you a password to allow access to FERPA-protected information
  2. Your child may sign a parental grade release
  3. You provide evidence to the Registrar's Office that you claimed the student as a financial dependent on your most recent Federal Income Tax form
  4. Through a lawfully-issued subpoena or court order
Please remember that an insitution is not required to disclose information, and may exercise discretion when doing so.


How can my student give me permission to access the information?
Your student may complete a form through BlazerNET to give a parent or guest access to certain FERPA-protected information, and to send a password of your student's choice to your email address. You will then use your email address and the password the student provided to sign in to www.uab.edu/parentaccess.
This permission must be renewed annually by the student.

More information about what you can see is available here.


What if the student is still a minor?
When a student reaches the age of 18, or begins attending a post-secondary institution regardless of age, FERPA rights transfer to the student.


Who should I contact with questions or concerns?
Email FERPA@uab.edu with any questions, concerns or comments. Please do not include any confidential information such as SSN or student number in the email.

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