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FOIA Request and Appeal Instructions

FOIA requests and appeals may be submitted online, faxed or mailed. Instructions for all methods are listed below.

Submit Online

FOIA requests and appeals may be submitted easily and securely through the Department’s online FOIA portal located here.

Submit Via Fax or Mail

Review the FOIA Request and Appeal Checklist to assist you in filling out the FOIA request and FOIA appeal forms below.

  • FOIA request form (PDF, 1.79MB)
    Request U.S. Department of Education records or information

  • FOIA appeal form (PDF, 1.79MB)
    Appeal the Department's response to your request

Send requests and appeals via fax to: (202) 401-0920

Send FOIA requests and appeals via mail to:

U.S. Department of Education
Office of the Executive Secretariat
FOIA Service Center
400 Maryland Avenue, SW, LBJ 7W106A
Washington, DC 20202-4536
ATTN: FOIA Public Liaison

To avoid delay, be sure to display "FOIA Request" or "FOIA Appeal" prominently on the envelope.

How Information About You is Collected and Shared With Other Organizations

All physical access to the Department site, and the sites of Department contractors where this system of records is maintained, is controlled and monitored by security personnel who check each individual entering the building for his or her employee or visitor badge.

The computer system employed by the Department offers a high degree of resistance to tampering and circumvention. This security system limits data access to Department and contract staff on a "need to know" basis, and controls individual users' ability to access and alter records within the system. All licensed users of this system of records are given a unique user ID with personal identifiers. All interactions by individual users within the system are recorded.

Last Modified: 06/02/2021