• FERPA is the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act and is a federal law that was enacted in 1974. FERPA protects the privacy of student education records. All educational institutions that receive federal funding must comply with FERPA. Teacher Pathway Program participants enrolled with Salem State University will be required to fill out the FERPA form. Here are the instructions on how to complete the FERPA form via Salem State University's Student Navigation Center. You can also download a copy of the FERPA Instructions in PDF format for your record.