Assessment of Prior Learning
Evaluation of Transcripts from Other Postsecondary Institutions
Eastern Florida accepts college credit earned at other institutions as transfer credit if the institution is regionally accredited, or the institution is accredited by an accrediting body approved by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) in accordance with specific policies. The mode of delivery (online, open-entry/open-exit, or hybrid) or the term design (compressed, fast track, traditional 15-16 weeks) does not factor into credit transferability. (Per F.S. 1004.09 and Rule 6A- 14.0304.)
Eastern Florida will consider each transcript and analyze credit for transfer in terms of level, content, quality, comparability and degree program relevance. Credit accepted must represent collegiate course work appropriate to the degree, with content and level of instruction resulting in student competencies at least equivalent to those of students enrolled in Eastern Florida’s degree programs. Contact the EFSC Registrar's Office for assistance.
Emails are sent to the student’s EFSC email account the evening that a transcript evaluation is completed. Students can also view the applicability of transfer work to the degree through the myGPS degree audit.
A minimum of 25 percent of the credits within a program must be taken through institutional coursework at EFSC. Credits awarded through any transfer mechanism, either traditional or accelerated credit, do not count toward the 25 percent residency requirement.
For more information, refer to the Transfer Credit Guidelines found on the EFSC website.
Transfer Credit Award
- Credit is awarded provided the credit earned is in an appropriate area, at an appropriate level, and student earned a final grade of “C” or higher.
- Transfer credits are awarded with a “grade” of TA, TB, or TC will count as attempts and satisfy prerequisites but will not calculate into the student’s grade point average at Eastern Florida. Courses with grades below a “C” will not normally be transferred. If transferred at the written request of the student, the earned grade (e.g. a “D”) will transfer at face value and will calculate into the student’s cumulative GPA.
- Courses taken by Eastern Florida students as “transient” at another institution will transfer back with the earned grade and will calculate into the student’s cumulative GPA.
- Credits earned at Eastern Florida are based on semester hours; therefore, all transfer work is converted to equivalent semester hours, i.e. quarter hours will be multiplied by .66 to obtain equivalent semester hours.
- Transfer work awarded prior to January 2013 and courses without a “T” in front of the grade contribute to the cumulative GPA of the student's Eastern Florida record.
- Credits earned at regionally-accredited institutions and non-public institutions participating in the Florida Statewide Course Numbering System (SCNS) for which there are comparable courses or requirements at Eastern Florida are posted to the student's academic record as defined by the SCNS.
- EFSC will consider and evaluate credits from a non-regionally accredited institution on a course-by-course basis.
- Credits at the upper-division college level are not generally accepted for transfer for associate degree programs. Upper-division courses are accepted for transfer toward associate degrees only if the course meets a specific lower-division requirement or is equivalent per the SCNS.
- Credits awarded for online courses are evaluated in the same manner as face-to-face courses and the same policies for transfer apply. In addition, review credit awarded for Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC).
- Developmental courses in English, reading and math are not transferred. If the course was taken at a Florida College System (FCS) institution, the student’s record will be annotated so that the student can take the next level course. Out-of-state or private college developmental credit does not qualify for transfer or placement purposes. Students who transfer without a college-level English or math course must take the placement exam unless otherwise exempt.
- Transcripts from international institutions, including those in the English language, require an official evaluation (at the expense of the student) from an external agency recommended by Eastern Florida. Students should only utilize qualified agencies. See the “International Students” section for more information.
All credit that is transferred to Eastern Florida will become part of the student's permanent academic record and will appear on the transcript. Credits will be applied in the most appropriate manner to the student's program of study in the areas of general electives, general education, program courses, and other academic requirements. In some cases, credit may contribute to excess hours on the student record.
Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC)
In compliance with F.S. 1004.0961 and Rule 6A-14.0304 - Online Courses, the College offers the following guidelines regarding online courses taken prior to Eastern Florida enrollment. Eastern Florida recognizes the value of a massive open online course (MOOC) as an alternative mode of learning, especially for developing skills in reading, writing, and mathematics. However, MOOCs cannot be directly transferred to the College for credit-granting purposes. Students seeking credit for a MOOC must contact the institution offering the course to complete the credit requirements at that institution. The credit would then be awarded on that institution's transcript as credit and transferred to Eastern Florida for credit-transfer consideration.
Other ways MOOCS can produce college credit are through the American Council on Education (ACE) recommendation for credit, or the MOOC may contribute to prior learning assessment credit as one of the components considered for accelerated education.
Student Responsibilities for Award of Transfer Credit
- Student must be active and degree seeking. See the EFSC Transfer student application steps.
- It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that all transcripts from other colleges are sent to the Admissions and Records Office to complete the admissions requirement. Final, official transcripts may be sent electronically or by paper, and must be sent directly from the institution to Eastern Florida. Consideration for transfer credit will be made only from an official, final transcript.
- Students are advised to submit transcripts at least six weeks before the beginning of the semester.
- Financial aid will not be awarded until all required transcripts are on file.
Students play an active role in collecting required data for evaluation and may be asked to provide documentation from the sending institution about course content, faculty credentials, textbooks or other criteria used in the evaluation process.
Students who are considering transferring to Eastern Florida State College can use the Transfer Equivalency Self-Service online tool known as TESS to see how their transfer classes would articulate and apply toward a degree at EFSC.
Students may appeal a transfer decision by contacting the Office of the Registrar at firstname.lastname@example.org. Students are advised to provide thorough and complete documentation with the appeal. The request will be reviewed by members of the Office of the Registrar and appropriate faculty when necessary.