Watch the video to hear our very own College Admissions Strategist, Ayo Oseni, share her view on whether or not you should waive your rights to have your recommendation letter reviewed.

What is the FERPA Waiver?

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a fairly complex law that protects a student’s educational records.

However, we want to arm you with some critical information before you decide to waive or not waive.

How does FERPA relate to your college application?

(1.) FERPA gives students the right to review recommendation letters submitted as part of their application after they enroll at a college/university.

(2.) When you are completing your application, you will be asked if you want to waive the right to review your recommendation letters. 

Here are a few things you should know about the waiver.

Waiving your right lets colleges/universities know that you do not intend to read your recommendations in the future. It also gives admission representatives the assurance that the letters received are a more candid testimony of a recommender’s experience with a student.

When you decide not to waive your right, some recommenders may decline to write a letter for you. Also, admissions representatives may not give your recommendation letters as much weight or may disregard them altogether.

Keep in mind that the FERPA does not give you access to review your recommendation letters before they are submitted to each college/university.

If you are interested in reading what your recommenders really think about you, then you must wait until after you enroll.

Have more questions on whether to waiver or not waive the FERPA?

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