FOIA Request and Appeal Instructions
FOIA requests and appeals may be submitted online, fax or mail. Instructions for all methods are listed below.
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 Management
Office of the Chief Privacy Officer
400 Maryland Avenue, SW, LBJ 7W104
Washington, DC 20202-4536
ATTN: FOIA Public Liaison
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.