What's the difference between a FERPA Release and a FERPA Waiver?

Both documents provide clarity with regards to the disclosure of personally identifiable information contained in education records and protect the confidentiality of information provided during the college application process. 

The FERPA Release applies to the high school and should be collected and maintained by the high school.

The FERPA Waiver applies to colleges and should be forwarded to colleges along with other application-related documents.

How did we do?

Do I need a signed FERPA Release to send transcripts and recommendations to colleges?

Is it OK for teachers who are providing letters of recommendation to see students’ GPAs, standard test scores, and/or transcripts without first obtaining a release?

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