Does It Cost Money to Request a Copy of a High School Diploma?

Most institutions charge a fee for copies of student transcripts or high school diplomas. As of 2015, a person requesting these documents can expect to pay $5 or more depending on the school or district.

Many times, schools cannot duplicate the actual certificate that students received when they graduated, but they can provide transcripts. The diploma is not a official record of high school completion; institutions mainly use it for ceremonial purposes.

Students or parents may request certified transcripts by contacting the student's school or district and submitting an official request. After the school has received the payment, the requesting party usually receives the diploma within six to eight weeks.