Signing the FERPA Waiver

  • In this article, we will show students how to sign the FERPA waiver. 

What is the FERPA waiver? 

FERPA gives you the right to review confidential letters of recommendation under certain circumstances IF:

  • You are enrolled in college and that college saves the recommendations for enrolled students, OR
  • You are 18 or older.

Waiving your right lets colleges know that you do not intend to read your recommendations, which helps reassure colleges that the letters are candid and truthful.

Some recommenders may refuse to write a letter for you unless you waive your rights. Check with your counselor or teachers to see if any of them follow such a policy.

Before you respond to the FERPA waiver question, take a moment to discuss your decision with your counselor, another school official, or your parent/legal guardian.


1. Accessing Letters of Recommendation

To access Letters of Recommendation, hover over the Schools icon on the navigation side bar on the left, then select Letters of Recommendation from the dropdown menu.



2. Start the Waiver

You have sign the FERPA waiver before you can request a letter of rec. To learn about requesting a letter, go to Requesting a Letter of Recommendation.

Click the FERPA Waiver button to start. 



3. Read the Explanation

Read the explanation of the FERPA Waiver.

Click the check box to the statement that you have read the waiver.

Then click Next. 



4. Make a FERPA Choice

Click the circle next to your choice, either to waive your right to review your letters of recommendation or not. 

Then click the check box next to the statement that you understand.



5. Sign & Submit the Waiver

Type your name and enter the date. 

Then click Sign Waiver. 


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