What to Do If You Lost Your College Diploma
If you’re like most others, you likely lost your college diploma due to an accident, wrong storage decision or simple recklessness. In any case, what matters is that you have options for having it replaced.
Approach your alma mater’s Office of the Registrar.
We all know that one of the main duties of a registrar is to keep student records and transcripts. Part of this task is handling requests for diploma replacement. However, you have to remember that you you will be the only one who can do that.
Since the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) was passed in 1974, the privacy of all student records in all U.S. schools has been protected. Even your spouse and other family members are not given access to your academic records. There are no other options really, except when the owner of the credential being requested has passed away and the requester is their next of kin or estate executor. If that is the case, each school will have its own requirements, but the essentials will include a copy of the alumnus’ death certificate and a photocopy of the requester’s passport or driver’s license, a Power of Attorney, and a written request.
Expect to pay a fee.
Again, though schools may have their unique requirements, a replacement diploma request fee, ranging from $25 to $150, will likely be in the picture.
You have to mail your request.
Considering that most schools are FERPA-compliant, you will need to mail your request for diploma replacement as per that law. Again, there will be no other options, and the purpose is to reduce the chances of identity theft and fraud in general. If is common for schools to have downloadable diploma replacement request forms on their website. It is usually a PDF that is printable from your computer, and you just fill it out manually, get it notarized and finally snail-mail it to the school’s registrar.
While Waiting for Your Replacement Diploma
Getting a replacement diploma often takes some time – about five to seven weeks or much longer sometimes. If your need is immediate, however (for example, if you’re applying for a job), you might want to explore other options, one of which is getting a temporary copy.
Clearly, a substitute or temporary diploma is not an official document, but it can stand in the place of your actual diploma while it’s on its way. Online, you will find a good number of websites that provide options such as this, but do make sure they’re legit before transacting with them. Not having your official diploma on hand is trouble enough. The last thing you want is being scammed.
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