For parents, the greatest differences between high school and college are parents' ability to access information about their children's academic progress and the parents' ability to participate. Once a child enters college, regardless of age, they are allowed certain rights under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Except for providing the following information, the college must have a release of information form signed by the student and on file with the admissions and registration office before staff can talk to parents about their child.
Without a signed release of information form, the college will only release, upon request,
major field of study
quarters of attendance (including current enrollment)
degrees and awards received
extracurricular activities, height/weight of athletic team members, awards received, most recent previous educational agency or institution attended.