Letter to Postsecondary Institutions about the American Community Survey (ACS)

Last Updated: December 2009

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Letter to institutions of postsecondary education regarding the applicability of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) to the disclosure of certain personally identifiable information from student education records to representatives of the U. S. Census Bureau (Bureau) who are conducting Group Quarters (GQ) or group housing data collection for the American Community Survey (ACS). Unlike the decennial census, the ACS is an on-going monthly survey of a sample of housing units and GQs, but the guidance is consistent with census collections. 

Note: While the letter is dated from December 2009 and references the Student Privacy Policy Office’s former name of Family Policy Compliance Office, the content of the letter remains valid and applicable.