Need to allow someone access into your BYU Independent Study account or courses? Filling out a FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) form grants permission to those who need access into your account. Learn more about FERPA below.


FERPA: The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that protects the privacy of student educational records. In compliance with FERPA, BYU Independent Study requires you to provide a student’s social security number or account confirmation number before releasing any personal or educational information to the student, counselors, or parents.

High School Students: By adding your high school to your account, you give BYU Independent Study permission to inform your high school counselors and administrators of your activity and grades in the course[s]. Parents also have access to information on their student's account, if that student is 18 years or younger and enrolled in a high school or middle school course.

Transfer of rights:

The rights under FERPA transfer from the parents to the student when:

  • The student is 18 years old
  • The student enters a post-secondary institution at any age

Educational records will not be released to anyone other than the student if the student is:

  • Enrolled in BYU Independent Study’s non-university-level courses and is 18 years old or older
  • Enrolled in BYU Independent Study’s University courses, regardless of age​

Access to the student’s educational records may be granted to a third party if the student provides signed permission granting a specified person rights to access his or her records. Click here for a printable FERPA permissions form.

Tax Dependency: If the parent can provide tax documentation that the student was claimed as a dependent in the previous income tax year, the parent may have access to the student’s educational records. In addition to the FERPA Permissions Form, proof of tax dependency must be provided each time information is requested from the student’s educational records.

Privacy: Brigham Young University respects the privacy of our students and patrons, and implements safeguards to protect sensitive personal information and academic records. Under the Family Educational Rights Privacy Act (FERPA), BYU has an obligation to protect student records. Additionally, other laws and regulations require that the University protect sensitive personal information and financial records. University systems require individuals to log in using secure Network Identification (Net ID) and passwords. Sharing of Net IDs and passwords violates confidentiality and degrades the ability of the University to protect secure information. 

Among the programs offered by The Division of Continuing Education, are programs for children and youth, ages 3-18, which makes personal security of the utmost importance. Our systems have recently been updated so our processes for registering participants and providing courses comply with FERPA and other privacy regulations. All participants (or their parent/legal guardian for youth registrations) are required to individually log in so personal, financial, and educational information remains secure and protected. If you have questions about this policy and/or our commitment to protecting our participants, please contact the BYU Continuing Education registrar at 801-422-8925 or toll free at 877-221-6716.