No matter which TFAS Program you apply to, you will have to submit your official transcript to TFAS as part of the application. This post will provide information about submitting your official transcript to TFAS.
When making admissions decisions, the Admissions Committee looks at the applicant as a whole. One of the materials the TFAS looks at when evaluating applicants is the official transcript.
What is an official transcript?
Your official transcript is a record of your academic performance and achievements. It lists all the classes you’ve taken during your academic career, the grades you’ve earned, the dates you attended the school, the type of degree awarded, and your grade point average (GPA).
TFAS Official Transcript Requirement
Transcripts from any university attended must be mailed in a sealed envelope or faxed/emailed directly from the home university’s registrar using the contact information below. This includes community colleges or study abroad experiences. The only exception is if past grades are listed on the current transcript.
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Your online application will not be considered complete until all application materials are received, including your official transcript.
Ordering Your Official Transcript
It is your responsibility to request your official transcript be sent to TFAS. Your home university’s office of the registrar is the department on campus responsible for keeping student academic records. Keep in mind, each university will have its own process for ordering official transcripts. Contact your registrar’s office or visit their webpage for more information about ordering your transcript.
Digital Copies – Many universities have implemented online forms for ordering official transcripts. Official transcripts that are sent electronically through services like Parchment or Credential Solutions typically arrive much faster than official transcripts that are sent through the mail.
Before You Order Your Official Transcript
- Make sure that you have paid all university bills. Many universities will put a hold on your transcript if you have any outstanding payments.
- If you request your transcript during your first semester, your grades will not appear on your transcript. Wait until the semester has ended and your grades have posted before ordering your official transcript.
- Start your TFAS application and make sure you enter your university information so the TFAS Admissions Staff can upload your transcript to your online application.
Once TFAS receives your official transcript, it will be uploaded to your online application. You can check to see that your official transcript has been uploaded to your online application on the Self Service Center.
Order your official transcript well before the application deadline to ensure it will arrive on time. Many universities take a few days to process transcript orders. If you have the option to request a digital copy, these orders typically arrive within 24 hours. Your application will not be considered complete until all application materials, including transcripts, are received. If you think your transcript will arrive after the deadline, email admissions@TFAS.org and let us know!
TFAS requires official transcripts. Keep in mind electronic transcripts are considered official if they are sent directly to TFAS from your school. If you request the transcript is sent to you and you forward it to TFAS, it will no longer be considered an official transcript.
No. Transcripts from any university you attended must be mailed in a sealed envelope or faxed/emailed directly from the home university’s registrar. Many schools use services like Parchment or Credential Solutions to deliver official transcripts. Transcripts sent by those services are accepted.
Yes, please send your official transcripts from other colleges and universities you’ve attended including study abroad experiences. The only exception is if past grades are listed on the current transcript.