Should students have to pay for transcripts?

YES

At the end of every school year, seniors go to the bookkeeper to collect their transcripts. While some students tend to complain that paying for these transcripts are a waste of money, the school would be spending a lot more money than necessary on these documents if the seniors did not pay for these papers. With about 1,200 students in the senior class, the school would be using an excessive amount of paper to fund this. If the school had to pay, there would need to be budget cuts on something else in the school. Likewise, the price for one transcript is a mere two dollars. Two dollars is a small price to pay as college expenses go, and the students have the entire year to collect that money. These transcripts are also a necessity for colleges because they are a record of a student’s academic accomplishments throughout high school. Considering these papers are an influential factor in deciding what college you get into, the two dollars is a reasonable price. All in all, paying two dollars for transcripts during senior year is worth being able to get into college.

-Drew Roach

NO

Students should not be required to pay for high school transcripts. A student’s transcript is one of the most important pieces of information that students need when applying to college. Transcripts are records of all classes and grades received in every class the student has taken since the beginning of freshman year. This crucial document also includes students’ GPA, and includes standardized test scores or honors credits that they have taken throughout their high school careers. Admissions officers at universities view the transcript when considering applications for admissions. Transcripts should be given to students when requested, free of charge, when they start to apply to colleges. Schools should find another way to raise money other than making students pay for their own high school information. The college application process is costly for many students to begin with, even without the additional cost of transcripts. Standardized testing fees and test preparation courses can quickly add up, so students should not also be burdened with transcript fees.

 -Hannah Lassner

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