Preferred Name Student FAQs
What is a Preferred Name?
A Preferred Name is a name a student wishes to be known by in the Relay community that is different from a student’s legal name.
What is a Legal Name?
A legal name is the name that appears on your passport, driver’s license, birth certificate, marriage certificate or U.S. Social Security Card.
What does the Preferred Name policy cover?
Relay’s Preferred Name policy covers Preferred First and Middle Names. Legal names (first name and last name) can be changed only when a student submits a name change request via Relay’s student update form. Students will be asked to submit official proof of legal names before it can change in Relay’s system.
Do I have to use a Preferred Name?
No. Use of a Preferred Name is optional.
Where will my Preferred Name appear?
- Class Rosters
- Directory information, unless a Directory Information Non-Disclosure form has been requested
- Email communication to students
Where will my Legal Name be used?
Your legal name will be used in processes that require the use of the legal name. These include:
- Financial Aid Tax Documents
- Financial Aid Offer Letters
- Billing Invoices
- Federal Requests for Information
- National Student Clearinghouse
- Enrollment Certifications (includes enrollment letters, loan deferment forms, NSLDS, etc.)
- Certification Endorsements
- Partner Communication
- Relay student IDs
- 1098-T Tax Documents
Are there any Preferred Name restrictions?
Preferred Names may not be used for purposes of fraud or misrepresentation. Relay reserves the right to remove a Preferred Name if it contains inappropriate or offensive language.
How do I request a Preferred Name?
If your Preferred Name was not entered during the admissions application, you can request Relay to update your Preferred Name by submitting a student update form. All requests are reviewed by the Registrar.
How do I delete my Preferred Name?
You can delete your preferred name by submitting a student update form.
Who will have access to my Legal Name?
School administrators, campus operations staff and faculty will have access to your Legal and Preferred Names.
Who can I reach out to ask more questions about the Preferred Name Policy?
If you have more questions about requesting a Preferred Name, please email the Registrar at firstname.lastname@example.org.