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Letters, Insurance Verification, Discounts

Special "Letters of Good Standing" or Expected Degree Letters

A FERPA release form is used when a student would like SUNY Cortland to release formal letters of standing of verifications of enrollment to third parties where the National Student Clearinghouse data is not accepted, or when additional information is required. Common requests include, but are not limited to:

  • Letters to insurance companies for discounts or eligibility certification.
  • Letters to auto dealerships or loan companies for discounts.
  • Letters to loan companies, banks or originators to verify enrollment or begin/end deferment periods.
  • Letters to scholarship organizations or committees where verification is required.

You may download the FERPA release form and submit it to the Registrar's Office.

Insurance Verifications

If you are seeking a Good Student Discount or other student status confirmation for insurance, you may utilize the online enrollment verification and/or the college transcript to verify eligibility. The National Student Clearinghouse is SUNY Cortland's authorized agent for providing degree and enrollment verifications. Please contact the National Student Clearinghouse at (or directly at or at (703) 742-4200.  In some rare cases, a company may require additional information that is not part of an Clearinghouse enrollment or degree verifdication.  In these cases, an in-house verification may be needed. Learn more about in-house verifications, and when they may be used.

Good Student Discount

Although most insurance companies require full-time enrollment and a 3.00 or "B" average, the requirements vary slightly between companies. In some cases, you may need to submit a form from your specific insurance company since it will specify the requirements for your good student discount.

Regrettably, Registrar's Office is unable to provide letters without a form or instructions from the issuing company. To request these verifications, the student must complete a FERPA Release, and include any required forms or instructions from the company to send information.