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Official transcripts will cost students and alumni twice as much this season as the cost was raised from $4 to $8 at the start of MIT’s fiscal year on July 1, 2009. Registrar Mary Callahan said that the cost was increased in order to “help cover the steadily rising costs (postage, paper, and handling) associated with its production.” Other schools have also increased the cost of transcripts, although not as drastically: Harvard raised its price to $5 on April 1, 2009, up from $3 for the first, $2 for each additional. The transcript fee for MIT students was last increased eight years ago in 2001 from $3 to $4. Unofficial transcripts remain free.

Ana Lyons