According to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), when a student becomes an “eligible student” the rights to inspect education records transfers from the parent to the student. Eligible student is defined as a student who has reached 18 years of age or is attending an institution of postsecondary education. This means that when your student begins attending BYU—Idaho, they have discretion as to who may see their education records including course grades and academic standing even if Mom and Dad are paying the tuition!
FERPA does allow, however, for parents to receive midterm and final grade reports for their student if the student was claimed as a dependent on the parent’s most recent tax return forms. Parents desiring to receive their student’s midterm and final grades can fill out the Certificate of Dependence form.
Additionally, students may submit the Missionary Privacy Release Form if they desire to have their parents have access to additional education records on their behalf.
Students at BYU—Idaho are held to three academic standards during their time at the University. They are:
- 2.0 Cumulative GPA
- 1.0 Semester GPA
- 75% Semester SAP (Satisfactory Academic Progress)
A detailed description of each of these standards, as well as the implications for failing to maintain these standards, can be reviewed on the Academic Standards Webpage.
Registration at BYU—Idaho can be done through an online registration system. Information on how to register, the dates each student can register, and a checklist for registration are available on the Registration Webpage. Each student is assigned to a specific Academic Discovery Center, based on his or her major, which can assist students in determining the courses needed for their degree.
There is a wide array of opportunities for your student to get involved. The Activities Program is all about giving students the opportunity to learn and grow through ‘taking action’ in ways that enable them to develop into the best, most interesting and capable versions of themselves. To understand how Activities can complete the BYU—Idaho experience, please visit the Student Activities Program Webpage.
While students are encouraged to resolve issues and difficulties at the lowest level possible, they may at times have questions or need assistance in finding a solution to more difficult problems such as the death of a spouse, divorce or other life circumstances. In these situations, students and parents are welcome to make an appointment with the Dean of Students for assistance, recommendations, and direction to available campus resources.
New students and current students that will be leaving for a mission should consider deferring their enrollment so that they do not need to reapply to the University upon return home from their missions. Additionally, if it is anticipated that you as a parent will assist your missionary student with registration prior to their return, your student should fill out the Missionary Privacy Release Form so that you can assist them without delay.
- Access to your Student’s Education Records
- BYU—Idaho's Academic Standards
- Helping your Student Register for Classes
- Your Student’s Tuition, Fees, and Financial Aid
- Getting your Student Involved
- How the Dean of Students can Help
- Student to Missionary/Missionary to Student Transition
- Parent / Guardian Grade Request
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