A certification is an official document that confirms attendance, awarded degrees, current and past enrollment, expected graduation date, Texas Success Initiative status, available test scores, cumulative GPA, and other parts of a student academic record. Official certifications are printed on security paper with the University seal and the registrar's signature.
Students may need certification of enrollment to defer student loans, to prove enrollment for their health insurance, to verify degrees for prospective employers or to show proof of academic standing to enroll in another institution. All requests for certification must be submitted in writing or in person in the Office of the Registrar. Certification of directory information may be released without the student's written authorization. The University of Texas at Austin defines directory information as local and permanent addresses, dates of attendance, enrollment status, school and major field of study, classification, earned degrees, expected degree date, and similar information. If a student has chosen to restrict his or her directory information, a written release from the student is required in order to process the request.
Certain confidential information may be released only with the student's written authorization and signature, in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974.
The National Student Clearinghouse.
The University participates in the National Student Clearinghouse Core Service for deferment of student loans and verification of degrees.
If your student loan servicer is requesting your enrollment status, inform them that the information is available at the Clearinghouse. If your servicer still needs a deferment form processed, bring the form to the Office of the Registrar. Complete the borrower information and write the semester for which you are requesting deferment in pencil on top of the form beforehand. We will forward the form to the Clearinghouse, who will confirm your enrollment with your servicer.
Employers and background screening firms should contact the National Student Clearinghouse to request printed verification of attendance and degrees..
Degrees and attendance.
Verify your degrees and attendance online if you are a current or former student of the university.
How to order an official certification.
A request for certification must include the following information.
- The date of the request
- Student's full name as it appears on University records
- Student's UT EID and date of birth.
- The type of information you are requesting to be printed on the certification
- The purpose behind your request
- The name and address to whom it should be mailed
- The number of certifications requested for each address
- Student's hand-written signature if restricted or confidential information is requested; electronic signatures are not accepted
- Postal address of requesting party, email address and daytime phone
- Any special instructions
- Any forms to be attached
Certifications may be ordered by mail, email, fax, or in person in the Office of the Registrar. Students who wish to request a certification of nondirectory information can mail, fax, or scan and email the Certification Request pdf form. Our contact information is below. We do not accept orders by telephone.
There is no charge for official certifications to be picked up the next day when ordered in person, or to be delivered by first class mail. A certification costs $5 for same day delivery, notarization, or delivery by FedEx. (Additional charges for mailing by FedEx apply). Pay for certifications by cash, check, MasterCard, Visa or Discover.
To order in person. Come to the Office of the Registrar in room 1 of the Main Building Monday thru Friday between 8am and 5pm. You must present a photo ID when you order. Be prepared to provide a mailing address if ordering a certification to be mailed to a third party.
Overnight delivery. Certifications can be sent by Federal Express at your expense. In compliance with security guidelines, payment information will not be provided to third-parties, i.e. Federal Express. Other delivery services may be used if you make arrangements in advance.
To request expedited delivery by mail, by fax, or by email, submit the Certification Request pdf form, payment information for same day processing, and a pre-paid shipping label printed online from FedEx along with your signed FedEx PDF order form for each FedEx destination address. Certifications for expedited delivery will not be sent without pre-paid FedEx shipping label for each destination address. Requesting expedited delivery does not guarantee same-day processing; however, all written requests for expedited delivery received in-office after 4 p.m. will be processed in the order received beginning the next business day. If requesting expedited delivery in-person, bring pre-paid FedEx shipping label with you for each destination address to our office before 4:30 p.m.
Other academic records.
You may find information about official and unofficial transcripts on our Transcripts page. An academic summary lists all of a student's coursework and is available free of charge. It may be picked up in person at the Office of the Registrar in room 1 of the Main Building.
- Student Academic Records
- fax 475-7520
- Main Bldg room 1, M5505 | off campus: University of Texas at Austin, Office of the Registrar, Student Academic Records, PO Box 7216, Austin TX 78713-7216