General Transfer Evaluation Information

Transfer credit is reviewed by a transfer evaluator and/or the assistant registrar. The reviewer researches the institution, its accreditation status, course descriptions, cumulative GPA, grades earned, and possibly syllabi when determining the transferability of courses. Upon request by an FCC staff member, a student may be required to submit additional documentation such as course syllabi. 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.

Types of Credit: We evaluate official transcripts from accredited higher education institutions and non-traditional sources such as Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) Military (AARTS, SMART, CCAF), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), and DSST/DANTES.

ACE/NCCRS: 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 College Credit Recommendation Service (NCCRS) (formerly PONSI). 

Articulation Agreements: FCC has many articulation agreements on file for high school coursework, professional licensures, and industry certifications. Check with your program manager for eligibility.

Foreign Evaluations: We evaluate credit from colleges and universities outside the United States but they must be reviewed by a United States evaluation service first. FCC recommends World Education Services (WES) as our foreign studies evaluation service.  However, FCC will accept evaluations approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). The only exception to this is for students earning the CPA Exam Qualification Certificate. For this program, The College will only accept transcript evaluations from NASBA (National Association of State Boards of Accountancy), as the CPA exam requires applicants to provide evaluations done by NASBA only. All foreign transcripts require a course-by-course evaluation.

Maximum Number of Transfer Credits: FCC may apply up to 45 transfer credits to a student’s degree program. IB coursework is limited to 30 credits maximum. To earn an associate degree or a certificate, at least 25% of the credits earned must be completed in residence at FCC.

Quarter Hours: 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.

Duplicate Coursework: Transfer credit cannot be awarded for a course if credit has already been earned for it at FCC. If you have been awarded transfer credits and later complete the course at FCC, the transfer credits will be removed from your academic record as FCC does not allow for duplicate credits to be issued to a student.

D Grades: Grades of D and above are accepted in transfer. However, there are many stipulations assessed for “D” grades. Please reference our Academic Standards Policy for details.