You thought you knew where you put your college diploma after graduation, but you can’t find it. Why do so many college graduates fail?

Most people don’t think about how much a vulnerable document is worth. If you don’t frame your diploma as soon as you acquire it, it may get damaged or lost.

Losing a college diploma is typical due to changes, life events, and home renovations. If you’re having diploma problems, then this guide is for you. Read on!

How To Get Your College Diploma Replaced

Can a lost diploma be replaced? Follow these steps to earn your college diploma again.

Contact Your College’s Registrar

The registrar’s office maintains student records, transcripts, class schedules, and registration. Diploma replacement and duplicates are one of their primary obligations.

To contact your former university’s county clerk’s office, visit their website or call the school’s main number.

They’ll give you a duplicate degree after another few steps.

No One Can Request Your College Diploma

Since FERPA was established in 1974, student information has been confidential. You are the only individual who can request your student records.

If you are a deceased student’s next of kin or executor, you can buy a replica of their diploma.

You’ll probably need a copy of your driver’s license or passport, proof that you’re related to the bereaved (like your birth certificate or obituary), the student’s death certificate, and a notarized Letter of Designation of Executor or Power of Attorney to make a request.

Charges May Apply

Every college and institution has its policies, but you’ll likely pay for a replacement diploma. Depending on the institution and degree type, a new diploma might cost $25 to $150.

Only Signed and Dated Consent Papers Are Accepted

FERPA-compliant schools demand a signed, dated request for a replacement diploma. This prevents fraud and ID theft. Most school websites have application forms for replacement diplomas. This is a PDF you can print, hand-fill, and mail to your alma mater’s registrar. An example request

Graduation(s) DOB, Numbers, College/university Graduation Date, address a notarized declaration proving the diploma is missing. It may seem like a lot of work to replace a diploma, but it’s essential to make sure it gets to the right people.

Determine If A Notary Is Needed

Others could be more open or exclusive. Your request form or documents may need to be notarized. UPS stores often have notaries on staff. Find a UPS store with notary services online.

Expect Delays

Some institutions may take up to 10 weeks to send your new diploma.

Replacement diplomas may have different signatures. If you graduated years ago, your replacement degree might include signatures from current instructors.

Replace Your Diploma Immediately

If your college diploma is lost or damaged, you should contact your college or university to request a replacement. Be sure to include any relevant information, such as your name, student ID, and graduation date. There is usually a fee for replacement diplomas, so be sure to find out the cost before you request one.

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