When the student reaches the age of 18 or begins attending a postsecondary institution, regardless of age, FERPA rights transfer from the parent to the student. This means that parents may not obtain any of their student's education records without the written consent of the student.
In addition, students may provide consent for their parent to view grades and other portions of their education record via LionPATH as follows:
It is important to note that Penn State does not have a means for students to unilaterally waive their FERPA rights. Penn State's procedure requires each release of any portion of the student's education record to a person or entity outside of the University to be individually approved by the student by working with the releasing department.
For more information, see the U.S. Department of Education's brochure, Parents' Guide to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act: Rights Regarding Children's Education Records.