It’s possible, but unlikely, that a student will read your letters of recommendation once they are in college. Without a signed waiver, a student has the right to access confidential information related to her/his application of admission. This right only applies to those held by colleges in which they are enrolled. The student would have to go through a formal FERPA request process to access those records, and there’s no requirement of colleges to hold those letters of recommendation after an admissions decision is made.
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- Does FERPA even apply to my high school?
- What's the difference between a FERPA Release and a FERPA Waiver?
- Do I need a signed FERPA Release to send transcripts and recommendations to colleges?
- What are the issues for counselors and teachers if a student does not provide a FERPA Waiver?
- Why is SCOIR’s release and waiver language different than The Common Application’s?
- Who needs to sign the FERPA Release and FERPA Waiver - student, parent or both?
- 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?
- Does SCOIR’s electronic signature on the FERPA Release and FERPA Waiver constitute a valid signature?