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Sending transcripts to colleges

llong39llong39 Registered User Posts: 159 Junior Member
edited September 2007 in Musical Theater Major
Moderator note: this topic arose on another thread and I've moved the discussion to its own thread as it wasn't on the topic of the other thread. Now it can be found more easily.

I have a question about transcripts. I guess it can belong on this thread. How much do different high schools charge for transcripts. Our high school costs are very high and there is a meeting tonight that I would like some comparisions for. Thanks.
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  • soozievtsoozievt Registered User, ! Posts: 31,535 Senior Member
    Ours had no charge. I didn't realize high schools charged for this!
  • gemgem Registered User Posts: 71 Junior Member
    Our high school charges $1 per copy.
  • NOLAMOMNOLAMOM Registered User Posts: 64 Junior Member
    Our high school charged 1.00 per copy and the performing arts high school charged 5.00 per copy.
  • MichaelNKatMichaelNKat Registered User Posts: 4,297 Senior Member
    Ours did not charge. Is it a public or private school?
  • llong39llong39 Registered User Posts: 159 Junior Member
    It is a public school. I think they are trying to discourage students from applying to a lot of colleges, but with MT, you have no choice. At our school, the first transcript is free, 2-5 are $5, then anything above 6 is $30. If my son applies to 8 schools, we have paid $110 in transcript fees. I think it needs to be addressed at our parent meeting tonight.
  • NJ_motherNJ_mother Registered User Posts: 276 Junior Member
    Ours charges $1 per transcript, but they want 3 weeks to fulfill the request.
  • NotMamaRoseNotMamaRose Registered User Posts: 4,090 Senior Member
    Wow, I just found out the other day that some schools (including public schools) charge to send student transcripts to colleges and I was kind of shocked.
    My D's school doesn't charge, but with one guidance counselor for 65 graduates, they do require students to give them one full month's notice on any requests.
  • soozievtsoozievt Registered User, ! Posts: 31,535 Senior Member
    Anyone applying to selective schools....either the regular kind or the BFA kind, would need more than six schools. While your school may be trying to discourage kids from applying to a very large number, I think capping it at about 5 for a reasonable fee and a lot of money for over 5 is not in keeping with the state of selective or elite school admissions practices. I don't know where you live or what kinds of colleges students apply to from your HS. But for top students applying to very selective colleges that admit 10-20% of applicants or for BFA/BM type appllicants (music, theater, art) where they are applying to programs that accept 2-10% of applicants, they will need to apply to more than five schools! I'll add that students who are chasing Merit Aid (at any kind of college) will have to apply to more than five schools. Most students applying to college, of any kind, should be able to have 8-12 schools depending on their needs and sorts of schools. There are some who CAN apply to less than 8....maybe not shooting for schools with low admit rates, for example. Six or seven schools are fine for some kids. There are a few who may need more than 12 for extenuating reasons, but most won't. The number of schools depends on many factors. My kids applied to eight. Kids I work with apply to a different number depending on their situation and list. So, I think a HS who is trying to limit apps to five or six is not taking into account that more than five or six apps is quite appropriate and necessary in certain situations......and for the sake of THIS discussion, BFA programs. You will have to educate the powers that be at your school that the BFA programs mostly all accept 2-10% (slight variations per school) and also have a very subjective component and are all reaches. A student who wants to get into a BFA as their main thrust, will likely need at least seven (exceptions exist), and even then, would need approx. 2 BA fallbacks, making the list closer to about 9 schools. That is a generality as variations are appropriate for individual situations. But if shooting for a BFA....applying to only five or six schools is lowering the odds of getting into college. You may wish to educate your school if they are unfamiliar with either elite college admissions or specialized admissions such as BFA degree programs.

    Besides all that....my kids went to public HS and never paid a thing for transcripts to be sent and my personal belief is that this is part of the HS's responsibility and should be part of their budget.
  • NotMamaRoseNotMamaRose Registered User Posts: 4,090 Senior Member
    Amen, soozie!
  • llong39llong39 Registered User Posts: 159 Junior Member
    I agree with all your comments. I live in a small community in Ohio and our high school consistantly graduates 350 or so students a year. There are graduates currently attending Stanford, Princeton, Brown, William and Mary, Georgia Tech (to name a few) and those students are on full academic scholarships. It is an academically competitive school so lots of applications are being sent out. But they do charge a ridiculous amount for the transcripts. They do not send the transcripts from the school, we pick them up in sealed envelopes and address and stamp them ourselves which I am ok with. That way I know that they were sent and when. The good thing about the guidance office is they usually have them ready for you within a week.
  • soozievtsoozievt Registered User, ! Posts: 31,535 Senior Member
    llong...I recall at least with my older D, possibly the younger one as well, when they completed their own part of the app, as they went along, they told their GC and they helped him make copies and put together the school's package to send (the school sent their package which included the recs/transcripts and my D's sent their own parts). The GC did it right away when my kids came to see each app was ready on their own end and provided mailing envelopes for the GC and helped him to get his package out immediately as well. Our senior classes number about 150 and there are 3 GCs but these GCs are for the entire middle school and high school and not just for seniors or not just for college related matters. So, 3 GCs handle all school matters for about 750 students.

    By the way, the Ivy League does not give out academic scholarships. There is NO merit aid. They do give out need based aid. If someone told you that a student got a full "ACADEMIC" scholarship to Princeton or Brown, that is impossible. The Ivies do not give merit aid. I also have a child who attends Brown and part of her FA package is a scholarship but it is based on NEED only. The Ivies consider all their students as having "merit". They only give out need based aid of which part of such a package may be scholarship/grant.
  • llong39llong39 Registered User Posts: 159 Junior Member
    Some of the scholarships they received were local ones that had been started here by alumni of those schools. The one for Princeton comes around every 4 years and the others I am not sure of their frequency. But I know these kids are on full scholarships because of their academics. Whether National Merit, local or whatever, they are academically competetive.
  • soozievtsoozievt Registered User, ! Posts: 31,535 Senior Member
    I understand if you are saying they got local scholarships for academic merit. Since this is a public forum, I wanted to make clear to anyone contemplating Ivy League schools that the schools themselves give NO merit aid/scholarships. That's really great, however, if local alum groups start scholarships for students from your area.
  • CAST MOMCAST MOM Registered User Posts: 61 Junior Member
    My d's high school does not charge for transcripts. She attends a large, suburban public high school. When I turned in the first batch of transcript requests to the high school's college center I asked if they charged to send them and the secretary gave me a strange look and said, "Of course not." I thought maybe it was a dumb questions but evidently not...other schools sometimes charge.
  • kaysmomkaysmom Registered User Posts: 507 Member
    My d's high school did not charge either but we were asked to provide stamps to mail all the paperwork.
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