High School Transcripts and How to Get Them

High School Transcripts and How to Get Them
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    Surprise! The college you applied to wants to see your high school transcripts.

    This is an unexpected request as you have been out of high school for many years and even attended college for a few semesters before putting everything on hold to raise a family or to pursue a job.

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Maybe you did both.

What?! Isn’t the fact that you are 42-years-old proof enough that you are a high school graduate? Uh, no… you will still need to furnish proof of same as a condition to acceptance at nearly every college.

Even with previous college experience, a new college may require you to submit your high school transcripts. The reasons may vary, including needing to see definitive proof of courses taken and diploma received, a reasonable request regardless of why it was made. Blame “Homeland Security” if you want, but with identity theft a factor, you will need to prove who you are and what you have accomplished.

Read on for some helpful instructions on how to obtain your high school transcripts.

1. Make contact with your high school. Contact your high school by phone or Internet search. That contact information can be found in a phone book or through a search engine.

2. Follow the instructions for obtaining your transcripts. You may be able to obtain a copy of your high school transcripts online and have these forwarded to your college. Otherwise, make your request by telephone.

3. Provide the correct documentation. Your high school may require you to submit proof that you are the person that can request your transcripts. Forward a copy of your birth certificate, if required, and give your Social Security Number. Once your high school has verified your information, you will be instructed on what step to take next.

4. Make your payment. Your high school may require a payment for copying and forwarding your transcripts to your college. Make payment by credit card, by personal check or as outlined by your high school. Pay online or wait for your check to clear before your transcripts are released. Never send cash by mail.

High School Transcripts

Your high school may send your transcripts directly to you or ask for a forwarding address to send your transcripts directly to your college. Expect this process to take from several days to a few weeks to complete. Follow up with your high school if your college has not received your high school transcripts. If the information is incomplete, expect your college to tell you so.

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