General Transfer Evaluation Information
Transfer credit is reviewed by the Assistant Registrar for Transfer Evaluation and/or a Transfer Evaluator. The evaluators take into consideration the institution, its accreditation status, course descriptions, and the grade received when determining the transferability of courses. FCC adheres to the general education and transfer policies of the Maryland Higher Education Commission and our own institutional policies as found in the FCC Academic Catalog.
We evaluate official transcripts from accredited institutions, Advanced Placement, the military (AARTS, SMART, CCAF), CLEP and DANTES. In consult with academic departments, we may award credit for demonstrated proficiency in areas related to college-level coursework with transcripts from the American Council on Education (ACE)
and the National Program on Non-collegiate Sponsored Instruction (PONSI).
We also evaluate credit from colleges and universities outside the United States, but they must be reviewed by a United States evaluation service. We highly recommend either AACRAO
(Office of International Education Services) or World Education Services
(WES) and require a Course-by-Course evaluation.
FCC can apply up to 45 credits to a student’s degree program. To earn an Associate’s degree, at least 15 credits must be completed in residence at FCC. To earn a Certificate, at least 3 credits must be completed in residence at FCC.
Transfer of Non-traditional credit – Military AP, CLEP, DANTES, ACE, PONSI, Articulation Agreements, Professional Licensure, Industry Certification – is limited to 30 credits in accordance with COMAR regulation 13B.02.02.16.
Credits earned at an institution operating on the quarter hour system will be converted to semester credit hours if the credit is transferable. Quarter hours are multiplied by 2/3 to equal semester credit hours. For example, 5 quarter hours convert to 3.33 semester hours.
Transfer credit cannot be awarded for a course if credit has already been earned for it at FCC.
Occasionally, FCC will need to review the official course description or course syllabus to determine equivalency. Upon request, the student must submit the required information if they wish to receive credit.
Grades of “C” or above are accepted. Grades of “D” are accepted in the following cases:
- When the transcript is from a Maryland public institution:
- If it was received in a General education course, or
- For a non-General Education course when the GPA for the block of non-General Education transfer courses is a 2.0 or above
- When the transcript is from a Maryland non-public institution or an out-of-state institution, if the cumulative GPA is 2.0 or above.
- Please check the FCC catalog under the individual degree program for exceptions to these requirements.