Donate Blood

Student Donors

What it Takes to Donate

Your Age & Identity

  • You must be 17 years old to donate.
  • 16 year olds may donate WITH A SIGNED CBC PARENTAL CONSENT FORM that indicates that the parent(s) have read the accompanying Parental Information Letter and give consent.
  • Your school may require ALL DONORS to have a signed CBC parental consent form.
  • All FIRST-TIME donors must have proof of date of birth. (Acceptable ID'S include driver's license, passport, state ID card, student ID card WITH PICTURE and DATE OF BIRTH).
  • Student ID card WITHOUT date of birth, or a yearbook picture, must be accompanied by PROOF of date of birth (birth certificate, school transcript).
  • If you are a repeat donor only a photo ID with full name is required. (Your CBC donor ID card is helpful but is
    not required).

Your Health

  • You must be in good health.
  • You must weigh at least 110 pounds. (You may have to weigh more, depending on your height).
  • You must meet screening criteria which is determined by your medical history, hemoglobin determination either through fingerstick or non-invasive monitor, pulse, blood pressure and temperature.
  • You can safely give eight weeks (56 days) after your last whole blood donation.
  • Tattoos are acceptable if they are healed and if they were applied at a tattoo studio licensed in 41 states. Tattoos performed in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Nevada, Georgia, Wyoming, Idaho, Utah, Maryland, Connecticut or outside the US require a three-month deferral.
  • "Permanent makeup" or cosmetic tattooing is acceptable if performed by a licensed physician in any state.
  • Piercings are acceptable if they are healed and were performed with a single-use needle.

Your Preparation

  • Donors are encouraged to drink extra fluids, such as water and juice, before donating.  
  • It's also recommended that you eat a good meal within four hours of donation. 

Your Recovery

  • It's important that you rest and have refreshments in the Donor Cafe after donating to replenish blood sugars and fluids.
  • You should avoid strenuous activity for at least four hours
    after donating.
  • Athletes should consider avoiding games and practices in their sport on the same day they donate. Consult with your school and/or athletic department prior to the blood drive day.

Your Decision

  • FDA policy states that students may not receive extra credit or any form of incentive from school faculty as encouragement
    to donate. 

Your Parents

  • 16-year-olds may donate blood with parental consent.
  • A parent should read the Informational Letter for Parents and High School Blood Donors and must sign the attached parent/guardian consent form for the young adult to be able to donate blood.
  • Your student must bring the signed form to his or her blood donation appointment. 
  • A signed consent form is required each time the 16-year-old student plans to donate.

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Miami University student shows off "blood donors rock" lanyard.


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