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Disclaimer: This is legal talk, not legal advice. Laws vary by state, and some of the information discussed on this page may not be applicable in your case. It is up to you to confirm any information herein by doing your own research.If you are applying for jobs, additional education, or various scholarships, grants, or loans, you may be required to provide official educational transcripts. In some cases, you can supply them directly, but in other cases, you may need to have your school send them directly.
High school transcripts and diplomas
If you are in high school and are transitioning or have transitioned with the help of your family, be sure to have them help you make arrangements with your school
College or trade/professional school transcript and diploma
If you are in college or trade/professional school and transitioning, that is the best time to get your college transcript revised. Do it while stille enrolled if possible by contacting the registrar or administrative office for information.
If you have graduated, many schools will be helpful to alumni in hopes of having you donate to the school in the future. In addition to your transcript, have them change your information in all databases, including the alumni directly. In some cases, they will purge your old name from the records if you wish.
Be sure to tell them to make changes in all databases, as some schools and departments may keep separate records. You can learn more about your school's policies by contacting the alumni office or registrar or administrative office for information. In some cases, it may take some time to resolve all issues.
There's a federal law that can help you protect your privacy in terms of school records.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.
FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children's education records. These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level. Students to whom the rights have transferred are "eligible students."
Parents or eligible students have the right to request that a school correct records which they believe to be inaccurate or misleading. If the school decides not to amend the record, the parent or eligible student then has the right to a formal hearing. After the hearing, if the school still decides not to amend the record, the parent or eligible student has the right to place a statement with the record setting forth his or her view about the contested information.