FERPA for Parents

Access to Student Records

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) as amended is a federal law intended to protect the privacy of student educational records accumulated from early childhood through college. FERPA provided parents with certain rights with respect to their children's education records. However, once a student reaches the age of 18 or enters college, the rights previously held by the parents transfer exclusively to the student.

Ordinarily, parents of Northern Illinois University students obtain information about their children's records directly from their children. FERPA does state that the University may release information to the parents of a student but is not required to do so.

In order to find specific information about their students, the Office of Registration and Records together with the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management is pleased to announce that MyNIU Shared Access was developed.

Listed below is additional information about Shared Access

MyNIU - Shared Access - Share My Information:

Shared access allows the student to grant, up to 2 individuals, access to view their student information.  The student can limit the information that these other parties can view.

It's easy to set up:
A student registers a family member or guest to view their information, the family member or guest receives an email containing step-by-step instructions for activating shared access.

It's customizable:
Shared access allows a student to select categories of information that can be viewed by the family member or guest.  The student may grant the ability for a family member or guest to make a payment.

A student can change or completely remove access at any time.

It facilitates communication:
Shared access provides communication between the student and the family member or guest.  The page provides a view for the family member or guest to see the student's information.  This helps all parties stay connected with current information.

Instructions and Frequently Asked Questions:

Click here to find commonly asked questions and instructions on how to set up and use Shared Access.

Additional Help:

For help or technical assistance contact the DoIT Service Desk at 815-753-8100.

Please be advised that the payment of a student's tuition by the parent does not, by itself, give the parent the right of access to a student's record. Questions concerning these procedures may be directed to the Office of Registration and Records at (815) 753-0681 or email regrec@niu.edu.

FERPA Guidance for Parents information is available at: