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With AACRAO membership you'll be connected to more than 11,000 members from institutions around the world. Facilitate your professional development by attending discounted meetings, gaining complimentary subscriptions to our College & University journal and more.

Why should you join? Development never ends, retired or not. Keep current on trends in the field by collaborating with our members and lending your voice to discussions about practices in the field. 

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Keep up to date on skills areas like technical knowledge and professional development and contributions to the field. We have the tools for you.

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From free webinars to self-paced on-demand learning, AACRAO's online learning covers a variety of subjects—technology, strategic enrollment management, admissions, FERPA, transfer, credential evaluation, and international education—and allow you to engage with the presenters and instructors.

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Maybe you want to reenter the workforce or change the trajectory of your career--AACRAO's Career Navigator is a wealth of job postings and resources for you. 

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AACRAO's professional journals College & University and SEM Quarterly are always accepting articles and have a wide circulation base.

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Leverage the expertise of our over 11,000 members and contribute to one of the premier sources of practice related research within the global higher education community. 

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Do work you're passionate about, with support and mentoring from fellow members. From Caucuses to specialized topics, it's all one community. 


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Ask the FERPA Professor

Jun 24, 2022, 17:00 PM
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Dear FERPA Professor,

I’m an Associate Director and I’ve been asked to do a little research for our institution to try to find an AACRAO definition of what a registered student vs. enrolled student is.  I’ve found various definitions searching online but haven’t been able to locate anything solid or from a “credible” source.

I was reaching out with hopes that one of you could possibly help with this or point me in the direction of the information. I apologize in advance if this is totally out of your realm, but if you’re able to point me to someone else, that would be greatly appreciated as well.

Thank you so much for your time, have a great evening!

Ms. Pearl

Dear Ms. Pearl,

The term "student" is defined in FERPA as "any individual who is or has been in attendance at an educational agency or institution and regarding whom the agency or institution maintains education records."  See § 99.3"Student" in the FERPA regulations.  FERPA does not define "enrolled student," but if the student is in attendance at the College and records are being created, then that person is a student.  You can find the above cited regulation on page 155 of the 2012 AACRAO FERPA Guide.  You can also find a letter about when a student might be considered "in attendance" on page 247 of the Guide.

I hope this is helpful in answering your question.

The FERPA Professor
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