Frequently Asked Questions for Transcripts

  • When should I start requesting my transcripts for college applications?

    Many college applications open on August 1st every year for admission to the following academic year. The RSHS Post High School Planning Office usually starts sending transcript requests out by the end of August.


    How do I request my official transcript for college and scholarship applications?

    1. Sign a FERPA form in SCOIR. Students under 18 will be required to have a parent's (or guardian's) signature. 
      • We recommend that you opt to waive your right to see your letters of recommendation and other documents. Waiving your rights is actually a protection for you and further validates the supporting documents for your application. Mrs. Hartman is happy to have a conversation with you to talk through this option. Should I Waive My Right to Review Recommendation Letters? 
    2. Complete a transcript request Google form for each transcript needed. 
    3. ACT and SAT scores may be sent by our office with your transcript. There is a place in the transcript request form to indicate which scores you want sent. 
      • Important: Some colleges will require scores directly from ACT or The CollegeBoard (SAT). In this case, log into your ACT or account through their website and pay to have your scores sent. When in doubt, check the admissions page or contact the admissions office for the school you have applied to. 


    How do I get my transcript sent to NAIA or NCAA?

    • Official transcripts are required for NCAA and NAIA. 


    What if I qualify for an application fee waiver?

    • Complete a fee waiver request on SCOIR
    • If you use The Common App to apply, there is usually a place to indicate that you qualify.  Mrs. Hartman will approve it if you are eligible.  
    • Fee waivers are determined by family income. Families that qualify for free or reduced lunches are eligible. Be sure to complete an application for the Supplemental Nutrition Benefits for Rockwood. (This will also determine eligibility for ACT and SAT fee waivers).


    Can I request my transcript before I submit my application?

    • Yes! It is recommended that your application is submitted first, this way your transcripts can “match up” with your application, especially if you are applying directly through the college website.
    • If you are using The Common App you should register with The Common App first so you can provide your ID# with your transcript request. Then, you have until 11:59pm on the application deadline to actually submit your application to a specific school within The Common App.  


    Pro Tip: Plan in advance. 

    Our office receives hundreds of transcript requests. You should request your transcript at least 10 work days prior to your application deadline. If you need letters of recommendation, you should request those at least two to three weeks before the document deadline for your applications.