Obtain Letters of Recommendation and Other Documents
Your education records, including transcripts of your courses and disciplinary documents, are protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Before your school can send these documents to the colleges on your list, you must sign a FERPA release form that authorizes your school to transmit your records to other schools. The same is true for letters of recommendation, which is why you'll find the FERPA forms under the Recommenders and FERPA tab on the dashboard.
Like college essays, each school on your list may have different requirements for letters of recommendation. Some may want only one letter from your high school counselor, while others may want two or three letters from various adults in your life, such as teachers, coaches, work supervisors, or other mentors. The Common App provides a simple and transparent way for you to request recommendation letters from select individuals, which you can then transmit to the colleges of your choice. These letters become part of the application packages submitted to each school through the Common App.
As a side note on etiquette, experts recommend asking recommenders if they're willing to write letters of support for you before issuing them invitations through the application system. Another smart practice is to send a thank-you note to those who take the time to provide letters for you.