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References/Recommendations and FERPA

For students requesting a letter of reference or recommendation, a Release for Letter of Recommendation form is available below. Students can use this form to specifically describe the information to be included in a letter of reference or recommendation.

In addition, when writing a letter of reference or a recommendation for a student, a faculty or staff member may want the letter to remain confidential (i.e. prohibit the student from accessing the letter).

Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), letters of reference or recommendation are considered part of the student’s education record, unless the student waives his/her right to access the letter. According to FERPA, the waiver must be in writing and signed by the student. Under FERPA, students may, but are not required to, waive their right of access to letters of reference or recommendation. A faculty or staff member may choose to make the recommendation conditional on a waiver.

If you would like to provide a student with a confidential letter of reference or a recommendation, please have the student complete the Release for Letters of Recommendation Form provided below.

If you have any questions regarding this information, please contact the Office of Student Financial Aid at finaid@uwyo.edu.   

Release for Letter of Recommendation


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