General Transfer Evaluation Information

Transfer credit is reviewed by the Assistant Registrar and/or a Transfer Evaluator. The evaluator reviews the institution, its accreditation status, course descriptions, cumulative GPA, and the grade received when determining the transferability of a course. 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 (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), the Military (AARTS, SMART, CCAF), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), and DSST/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 College Credit Recommendation Service (NCCRS) (formerly PONSI). We also evaluate credit from colleges and universities outside the United States, but they must be reviewed by a United States evaluation service. FCC highly 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). All foreign transcripts 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, IB, CLEP, DANTES, ACE, PONSI, Articulation Agreements, Professional Licensure, Industry Certification – is limited to 45 credits in accordance with COMAR regulation 13B.02.02.16. Students may be awarded up to 30 credits from IB. 

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. 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.

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.

Acceptable Grades
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.