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Can I get copies of my child's grades sent to me too?

Topic: Parents | Asked by: Anonymous | Asked on 06/17/2010

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Like the other answers, students have to waive their FERPA rights to allow parents to access their grades. However, I wanted to point out that most colleges do not have paper transcripts sent to students. Once a child waives their FERPA rights, the parents will likely be given a login to a portal where they can see their child's grades - don't expect a report card sent home!

Answered by: Taylor C. | over 2 years ago
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Once a child is in college you have no say any more. You can't simply call up the college and ask how your child is doing or a copy of his grade. The best thing to do is to tell your child to send you a copy of their grades.

Answered by: Jaybirdblue P. | about 4 years ago
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No, it is the first thing they explain to students in orientation. And when you call any line for the college there is usually a prerecorded message for parents stating this. Students are considered adults and therefore are entitled to privacy and grades cannot be sent out to parents unless the student them self sends the grades to their parent.

Answered by: Santiago Sky T. | about 4 years ago
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Yes. Usually, when your child first applies to a college, they must sign a form which gives the school permission to grant parents the right to receive and look at their child's academic progress and grades. Of course, it is your child's, the student's, choice. But it is possible. If your child is not asked by the school whether to allow you to view your child's progress when your child applies, then the school will ask when your child has accepted admission. If your child has already declined the offer to let you see his/her's transcripts, then you must work with your child on that and it can be changed.

Answered by: Mayell U. | about 4 years ago
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Parents of college students can not get copies of their child's grades without the child's permission. Once in college and of 18 years of age the student is considered an adult. Unlike, high school there is no way to see your child's grade without consent. If the child gives written consent, then the school will share that information with the parent without a problem. This is usually a simple process that can be done during orientation.

Answered by: Phrisch Later A. | about 4 years ago
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Unfortunatly you cant. FERPA is a law in place that prevents anyone but the student and the people the students premits to see their grades. If you want to know your child's grades your going to have to ask your child.

Answered by: Anna2662 H. | about 4 years ago
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No, you cannot. Your child will have to give permission. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, or FERPA as it is commonly called, protects the confidentiality of students' records. This is in affect once the student is 18. While this may seem somewhat unfair, if you're the one paying for college, the best thing to do is maintain a good relationship with your child and hope they will share with you.

Answered by: Connie R. | about 4 years ago
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The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), 20 U.S.C. 1232g limits the rights of universities to release student information, including grades, to individuals other than the student. In general this means that universities may not release a student's grades to that student's parent without the consent of the student. FERPA does allow (but does not require) universities to release information to parents of dependent students. If your student is considered a dependent for tax purposes, then you should check the grade release policy of the university to determine whether and how you can have your child's grades released to you. If your child is not a dependent (or if the university does not allow release of grades to parents of dependent students), you will need to arrange for your child to provide you with grades. FERPA also prohibits your child's professors from discussing her grades with you.

Answered by: Ra Ncor202 C. | about 4 years ago
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With most colleges, if the parent is the one paying the tuition, that parent can also request a copy of the grades. This can be arranged before the semester begins. Half way through the semester and at the end of the semester, the grades can be sent to the parents, as well as directly to the student.

Answered by: Mighty Spidey L. | about 4 years ago
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That is based on many factors: The child___s age, privacy policy, admissions agreement, and if you are able to set up a contact contract with the school. In most cases, if your child is under 18, you can request a copy of their grades. Once they are 18 or older, as they are legally an adult, you run into issues with privacy policies regarding student information only being able to be released to the responsible adult, which is usually then viewed as your child. Some colleges have as part of the admissions agreement, however that the responsible party is whom ever is paying the fees and tuition, and you are then able to request a copy of all grades. In special circumstances, like a disabled child that requires more assistance, you may be able to set up a contact contract with the school that will notify you of difficulties, such as change in grades, health, or difficulties adjusting. Best bet, check with the college you child is attending and see if any of these apply

Answered by: Lgk E. | about 4 years ago
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If your child is over 18, there is a confidentiality policy that will prevent this. The school considers the student an adult, and for all practical purposes he or she is. Without the student's permission, records of grades will not be released to anyone, even the parent. If you can somehow convince your child to sign a release form the school will be able to send you a copy of the transcript.

Answered by: Collegegrad10 I. | about 4 years ago
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University policies on grades vary. While most institutions will not release transcripts to anyone other than the student, many universities will allow the individual who is "financially responsible" for the student's tuition to receive a copy of grades. Contact the university registrar's office to determine what process the specific university uses to do so.

Answered by: Jimm 43 I. | about 4 years ago
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Most colleges and universities take privacy rules seriously. Even though you might be paying the bills, if your child is over 18 then he or she is a legal adult and is the only person who has a legal right to receive copies of their transcripts. It's unlikely that the college will provide you with this information.

Answered by: Kat68 Q. | about 4 years ago
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In a college setting, no. Colleges treat grades of students as privileged information that only the student and the professor have access to. If your child doesn't wish to share them, then he/she doesn't have to and by law the college can't give them to you.

Answered by: College Student123 T. | about 4 years ago
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No, you can not have copies of your child's grades send directly to you, as they are considered private, confidential material. You can only receive a copy of your child's grades if they allow the registrar to release them to you.

Answered by: Drs J. | about 4 years ago
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You will not be able to get anything from the school without your child's permission. That includes access to campus websites, emails from the school, or any other communications. Because the child is now an adult the school is bound by privacy laws and can not release personal information even to the parents. Since we were paying we had to require our son to make information available to us.

Answered by: Turker Y. | about 4 years ago
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It depends what grade your child is in- elementary, middle and high school grades are typically mailed to the student's home address and if they are not, you can request that through your child's school. College grades are viewed online and are not mailed out- unless you have your child's login ID and password, you probably will not be able to see his or her grades.

Answered by: Christie18 L. | about 4 years ago
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You can do this only if your child signs a waiver or is under the age of 18. Normally it isn't hard to pressure them into signing the waiver. You could offer them $20 an A, that's what my parents did.

Answered by: Zolty F. | about 4 years ago
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Once your child gets to college, you will have no access to his or her grades. This may be hard to understand, especially if you are paying for their education, but that is the law. The only way you can gain access to this information is if your son or daughter will sign a release that will be put on file with the university. Lets face it, that is just not going to happen. College is all about freedom and privacy, so basically, you will just have to work it out with your child. Hopefully they will respect you and want to show you the grades.

Answered by: Dan5050 B. | about 4 years ago
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From experience you can't. Though in reality you are probably funding your children's education, as far as the school is concerned, the bill is addressed to your child and he or she is the one that is paying for it. This means that your child is the only one that has access to their grades. You should encourage open communication with your child about the work that they are doing in school and their progress. That way your child will come to you with their grades without you having to request them from the school.

Answered by: Cookiemonster K. | about 4 years ago
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If your child is in college then you child has to sign an agreement to release the grades to you. There is a confidentiality agreement between the school and the student that does not allow this. Why don't you simply ask your child for the grade? I am sure they will be willing to tell you if you are funding their education. Simply asking or having the child sign the agreement is the way to do it.

Answered by: Babagday B. | about 4 years ago
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If you get his consent, yes. If your child is in college, he or she is most likely an adult. This means that they have the right to keep information, like grades, private. I strongly advise you not to try and do this behind your child's back, this can lead to resentment later on when they find out.

Answered by: Crystal Can Do That I. | about 4 years ago
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No. The student's grades are their own and if they want to share them with you then they will have to do that themselves. Many websites have talking points on how to approach this subject (how your student is performing academically) so you might want to look those over.

Answered by: Jessica Al22 D. | about 4 years ago
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You can talk to the academic adviser at your college to have your child's grade sent to your home. However, if you are worried about your child grades, then I would recommend getting access to the grades online and you will have all test grades and final grades available. However, all parents should be aware that this is your child education, so they are the ones that are responsible in the end when it comes to grades and graduation for their careers.

Answered by: Allincorp W. | about 4 years ago
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Getting copies of your child's grades depends on you, your child and the college. In general, your child's grades is your child's personal information regardless of whether you are paying their tuition or not. If you want a copy of your child's grades, you should speak with your child and try to get him/her to give you information about their grades. You may also want to speak to the college to see what options are available to you.

Answered by: Chaniel W. | about 4 years ago
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High school students, yes, college students, no. Colleges cannot send any information to anyone without the students verbal and written consent. If you are concerned, try talking to your student.

Answered by: Molae06 Q. | about 4 years ago
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If you are talking about college grades and your child is over 18 years old it may require their permission to send you the grades. Ask the college what their policy is, it will vary from school to school. Perhaps you should work out an agreement with your child about this too. If you are paying for the school than you certainly have a vested interest in knowing how they are doing.

Answered by: Anonymous J. | about 4 years ago
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Some schools will send grades to a student's parents. Other schools will refuse to because of a law called FERPA that forbids release of student information to anyone other than the student. The only sure-fire way is to ask your child for their grades.

Answered by: Laura46 I. | about 4 years ago
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For the most part, colleges have the student decide if parents or guardians know their grades. If your child allows you to have that information, then the college will inform you on your child's progress. If the student wants their grades confidential, they will remain confidential.

Answered by: Bowz N. | about 4 years ago
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If you get his consent, yes. If your child is in college, he or she is most likely an adult. This means that they have the right to keep information, like grades, private. I strongly advise you not to try and do this behind your child's back, this can lead to resentment later on when they find out.

Answered by: Crystal Can Do That I. | about 4 years ago
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No. The student's grades are their own and if they want to share them with you then they will have to do that themselves. Many websites have talking points on how to approach this subject (how your student is performing academically) so you might want to look those over.

Answered by: Jessica Al22 D. | about 4 years ago
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You can talk to the academic adviser at your college to have your child's grade sent to your home. However, if you are worried about your child grades, then I would recommend getting access to the grades online and you will have all test grades and final grades available. However, all parents should be aware that this is your child education, so they are the ones that are responsible in the end when it comes to grades and graduation for their careers.

Answered by: Allincorp W. | about 4 years ago
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Getting copies of your child's grades depends on you, your child and the college. In general, your child's grades is your child's personal information regardless of whether you are paying their tuition or not. If you want a copy of your child's grades, you should speak with your child and try to get him/her to give you information about their grades. You may also want to speak to the college to see what options are available to you.

Answered by: Chaniel W. | about 4 years ago
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High school students, yes, college students, no. Colleges cannot send any information to anyone without the students verbal and written consent. If you are concerned, try talking to your student.

Answered by: Molae06 Q. | about 4 years ago
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If you are talking about college grades and your child is over 18 years old it may require their permission to send you the grades. Ask the college what their policy is, it will vary from school to school. Perhaps you should work out an agreement with your child about this too. If you are paying for the school than you certainly have a vested interest in knowing how they are doing.

Answered by: Anonymous J. | about 4 years ago
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Some schools will send grades to a student's parents. Other schools will refuse to because of a law called FERPA that forbids release of student information to anyone other than the student. The only sure-fire way is to ask your child for their grades.

Answered by: Laura46 I. | about 4 years ago
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For the most part, colleges have the student decide if parents or guardians know their grades. If your child allows you to have that information, then the college will inform you on your child's progress. If the student wants their grades confidential, they will remain confidential.

Answered by: Bowz N. | about 4 years ago
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In most cases your child's grades cannot be sent to you without their permission. Some school have a form that you can fill out and have you child sign and others have a spot to check of on the school's website. It might be worth it, if you choose, to demand they tell you their grades. After all you are the one paying a portion/or all of their bills.

Answered by: Hirise5190 G. | about 4 years ago
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I expect you should be able to upon requesting them from your child's college.

Answered by: Adyskank B. | about 4 years ago
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A school keeps a students grades extremely confidential, even to the parents! The student must OK that you are allowed to see them/get copies of them before they will let you. This is true in most cases, even if you are the one paying for the education.

Answered by: Lucyb00 O. | about 4 years ago
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School officials are not required to notify you about how your child is doing. As a matter of fact, you don't have the right to request to see how your child is doing. The best thing you can do is ask your child how he or she is doing. I'm sure if they're not doing well they'll tell you. Other than that,there's nothing you can do.

Answered by: Lanig91 B. | about 4 years ago
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