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What does having a FERPA waiver mean?

I'm filling out my college applications and came across the option to waive my FERPA rights. Can someone explain what it means to have a FERPA waiver and the pros and cons of doing so? I'd really appreciate any help with this!

7 months ago

FERPA, or the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, grants you certain rights regarding your educational records. By signing a FERPA waiver during the college application process, you give up your right to review your school's recommendations and other parts of your application submitted by school officials.

The primary reason to waive your FERPA rights is to ensure that your recommendation letters and school evaluations remain confidential. This can benefit your application, as college admissions officers may view confidential letters as more honest and candid, which could help provide a more accurate portrayal of your character and abilities.

On the other hand, if you don't waive your FERPA rights, you'll have the ability to view your recommendation letters and other materials submitted by your school. This could be helpful if you're concerned about the content of your recommendations. However, this approach may lead to less candid evaluations, as your recommenders might be more guarded in their remarks knowing that you can access their letters.

Ultimately, it's up to you to decide if waiving your FERPA rights aligns with your application strategy.

7 months ago

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