Legal Name Change

In instances of marriage, divorce, adoption, etc., students may need to update their full legal name. The following process is followed when any student seeks to change his or her biographical data as provided and maintained in College records.

A student’s legal name shall be used on all College documents, systems and communications external to the College and/or where a legal name is required.  Examples include, but are not limited to: 

  • Financial Aid records
  • Student Accounts records
  • Student Personally Identifiable Information
  • Student Directory information
  • Payroll records
  • Health records
  • Official transcripts
  • Federal immigration documents
  • Interactions with government agencies

In order for any student to change their legal name on College records, a student must present a certified copy of a court order or other legal document indicating a legal name change has been granted. To begin the process, students should complete the Legal Name Change Request Form (PDF) available online or in the Registrar’s Office. The completed form and supporting documentation can be submitted in person to the Registrar’s Office or scanned and emailed to Registrar.

Preferred First Name Change

The College recognizes that some students may prefer to use a first name other than their legal name to identify themselves.  As long as the use of a preferred first name is not for an improper purpose, the College acknowledges that a preferred first name can and should be used where possible in the course of College business and education. 

Students may use a preferred first name wherever a legal name is not required on internal documents, communications, systems, and web portals.  Examples include, but are not limited to: 

  • Student identification cards
  • Diplomas, awards, and recognitions
  • Email and calendar entries1
  • Class rosters and advisor lists1
  • Learning Management Systems1

To request a preferred first name, a student should complete the Preferred First Name Change Form (PDF) available online or in the Registrar’s Office. The completed form can be submitted in person to the Registrar’s Office or scanned and emailed to Registrar.

1 At this time, these are unavailable to be used with your preferred first name. In the future, with technology upgrades, Massasoit hopes to implement the above.


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Please feel free to contact us if you need more assistance.

Registrar’s Office

Dean of Students

Diversity and Inclusion