The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, or FERPA, is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records,
including personal, academic, and financial records.
Institutions receiving federal funds (such as financial aid, veterans’ benefits, grants,
etc.) are obligated to comply with FERPA. These funds can be withheld for violating
Consequently, Missouri State University cannot release student records to anyone but the student, including parents and family members,
without the student's written consent.
Under FERPA, students attending an institution of postsecondary education may:
- Consent to disclosure of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s
education record except to the extent that FERPA authorizes closure without consent.
- Choose to suppress (i.e., keep from being disclosed) their directory information.
- Inspect and review their educational records.
- Seek amendment of their education records if believed to be inaccurate, misleading,
or otherwise in violation of their privacy rights.
- File complaints with the Department of Education about alleged failures by the University
to comply with the requirements of FERPA.
Visit our FERPA page for more details.
Partners in Education (PIE)
Families play an important role in their student's success, especially during their
transition to university life. Our Partners in Education (PIE) program helps families effectively communicate with and provide support to their
Students who enroll in PIE can designate others — such as family members and spouses
— as members. Members will receive exclusive benefits, such as welcome letters, mid-semester
progress reports, final grade reports and more.
Membership to students and partners is limited to the student’s freshman year. Membership
will not carry forward into additional years.