Frequently Asked Questions About Transfer Credits

If I have an Associate's degree from a previous institution, will all my hours transfer into Florida Tech and be applied to my Florida Tech bachelor's degree requirements?
It is not guaranteed, it depends.

If the transfer institution has a formal agreement with Florida Tech and the student meets all course requirements specified in the agreement and Florida Tech transfer credit policy, transfer credit will be awarded. The student's Florida Tech academic department determines the applicability of the transfer credits to the student's program requirements.

If the transfer institution does not have a formal agreement with Florida Tech, courses eligible for transfer credit consideration must be listed on an official transcript from a  regionally accredited school will automatically be evaluated for transfer hours as part of the formal application process. In order for a class to be eligible for transfer, a grade of C or better must have been achieved. A grade of C- or below is not eligible for transfer credit. The transferring courses are compared in content and credit hours to courses taught by Florida Tech. The student's Florida Tech academic department determines the applicability of the transfer credits to the student's program requirements.

Any student who transfers to Florida Tech with an Associate of Arts degree from a regionally accredited institution in the U.S. automatically meets Florida Tech's humanities core requirement for HUM 2051 and HUM 2052.  These program requirements may need to be met through course substitution.  Admitted students should contact their academic department for further questions regarding this process.

Is there a difference for graduate transfer credits and undergraduate transfer credits?
Yes. All undergraduate students are evaluated at the time of admission for transfer hours. Graduate students must first be admitted into their degree program and then formally request transfer hours through their student representative.

Will transfer credit be awarded for courses taken at all institutions?
No. Transfer credit will be considered only for courses taken at a college or university that is regionally accredited in the United States. International colleges or universities must be recognized as being degree-granting by their county's educational governing authority.

When is transfer credit evaluated?
Once the application is complete and all documents are received on campus for undergraduate students. They are processed as quickly as possible, but it may take some time for it to be complete.

How is transfer credit evaluated?
Credit hours earned from regionally accredited schools will automatically be evaluated for transfer hours as part of the formal application process. In order for a class to be eligible for transfer, a grade of C or better must have been achieved. A grade of C- or below is not eligible for transfer credit.  The transferring course descriptions are compared in credit hours and course content to courses taught by Florida Tech so that the student is fully prepared to succeed in Florida Tech courses

How will I know the result?
The official TCE (transfer credit evaluation is emailed to the student's Florida Tech email address).

Can I take courses at another institution while being enrolled at Florida Tech?
Yes, there is a limit of three courses. Prior approval is required by the Credential Evaluator Supervisor based on Florida Tech policy.
This FAQ does not list Florida Tech's complete policy for undergraduate online students studying at another institution.  For the complete policy and procedure, please contact:  tceua@fit.edu

Can military credits transfer?

Credit is considered for only those courses listed under the Military Courses section on an official Joint Services Transcript (JST). Credit is awarded based on ACE recommendation and Florida Tech transfer credit policy.

Credit is not awarded for courses listed on a JST under the following sections: Military Experience, College Level Test Scores, Other Learning Experience, Traditional College Credit, Non-Traditional College Credit, other institutions or Summary.

Can Dantes credits transfer?
Credit is considered for DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST) and CLEP subject area exams through DANTES listed on an official DANTES transcript. Credit will be awarded based on ACE recommendation and Florida Tech transfer credit policy.  How the transfer credit applies to the student's program requirement will be determined by the student's academic department.

Can I receive transfer credit for law enforcement or corrections training?
Many states allow college credit to be granted for the academy and advanced courses such as leadership programs; however, it is the student's responsibility to request that such courses be listed on an official transcript from a regionally accredited institution as some academies may not automatically do so.

Can I get credit if a I had a class similar to ASC 1006 Mastering eLearning?
No, ASC 1006 Mastering eLearning is not eligible for transfer credit. ASC 1006 contains information specific to Florida Tech which all students need to be successful in their Florida Tech academic careers. In addition, the required diagnostic assessments for Math and Communication are completed while taking ASC 1006.

Can I get credit for life experience or use it to waive a course?
No.

Can I get an unofficial evaluation of my transfer hours?
No, Florida Tech only conducts official reviews at the time of full admission.

What other types of transfer credits can be considered for transfer credit?

• College Board Advanced Placement (AP): for courses listed in the Florida Tech catalog and when scores of four or five are received.
• College-Level Examination Program (CLEP): Florida Tech grants academic credit for Subject Examinations only. To receive credit, the minimum score must be above or equal to  the recommended percentile as published by the American Council on Education.
• International Examinations: Credit is awarded for grades of four or higher in the International Baccalaureate (IB) program for higher-level examinations and certain standard-level examinations for IB diploma holders. Based on a review of the subject areas and scores, credit is also awarded for receiving C or better for the British GCE examinations at the advanced level (A-level), or for the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE) when two units are completed.

Will courses taken several years ago transfer?

It depends.  Florida Tech academic departments overseeing undergraduate online programs reserve the right to determine the transferability of courses taken five years or more before Florida Tech enrollment.  The decision is based on comparing the transferring course description in content and credit hours from the term in which the course was taken, to the courses currently taught by Florida Tech.

Courses requested for transfer credit into graduate degree programs must be taken within six (6) years.

On behalf of the student, the University Alliance will obtain course descriptions from the terms in which the courses were taken. Once the evaluation is complete, your Academic Program Chair will determine if these transfer credits can be applied to your Florida Tech program requirements. Once the transfer credit evaluation is complete, students who wish to appeal a transfer rejected due to the statute of limitations may do so by contacting their Florida Tech academic department's undergraduate online program coordinator.

This policy does not apply to Florida Tech courses taken more than 10 years prior to re-enrollment at Florida Tech.

Courses taken at another university that are equivalent in content and credit hours to College Algebra (MTH 1701) will be considered for transfer only if the course was taken within 10 years of Florida Tech enrollment.  Exceptions to this policy will be considered when the student scores 25 or higher on the Math Diagnostic Assessment taken during Mastering eLearning (ASC 1006) followed by the student submitting an exception to policy request via email to tceua@fit.edu

Courses taken at another university that are equivalent in content and credit hours to the following Florida Tech courses will only be considered for transfer credit if the course is no more than:

Five years old.
EHC 1103 Medical Ethics
EHC 3302 Healthcare Organizations
EHC 3303 Managed Care
EHC 4402 Community Health Evaluation
EHC 4410 Quality Improvement Methods in Healthcare
EHC 4498 Health Planning and Policy Management
ELA 3001 Legal Aspects in Healthcare Management

Eight years old
CIS 1130 PC Applications
CIS 1140 Business Computer Skills

The Statute of Limitations applies to all CIS courses, as well as, elective credits for CIS, EAC, EHC, ELA and EST subject areas taken more than 10 years prior to Florida Tech enrollment.  Once the transfer credit evaluation is complete, students who wish to appeal this policy may do so by contacting their Florida Tech Academic department, Program Coordinator.  Appeals will be considered on a case-by-case basis

Can courses taken at a community college receive junior or senior level transfer credit?
Junior or senior level credit may be awarded for courses taken at a regionally accredited community college only when there is a formal agreement between the community college and Florida Tech.

In the absence of a formal agreement, sophomore level elective credit may be awarded. You may contact your Florida Tech Program Chair to discuss the possibility of a course substitution.

If I transfer to another institution under the University Alliance, will my courses automatically transfer between institutions and be applied to the incoming institution's degree requirements?
No. Each institution is responsible for establishing its own policy for awarding transfer credit unless special agreements between the schools exist.

My transferring institution was on the Quarter system. How will this affect how my credits are awarded to a Semester system?
Florida Tech will convert the quarter hours to semester hours: Quarter Hours divided by 1.5 = Semester Hours.

What types of credit will not transfer?
- Courses listed on a transcript without a grade
- Courses carrying grades but not credit hours
- Vocational/technical courses
- Internship
- Equivalency exam credit
- Advanced Standing exam credit
- Other examination credit
- Practica
- Assessment credit
- Experiential learning
- Preparatory, Developmental, or Remedial Courses
- Continuing Education Courses
- Competency-based credit

Will all transfer credits be applied to my Florida Tech degree requirements?
Your Florida Tech academic department will determine how transfer credits will be applied to your Florida Tech degree requirements. Credits may be transferred without being applied toward your specific degree program. If your UA rep is not able to assist you with how transfer credits are applied, please contact your Florida Tech Program Chair.

Is there an appeal process for my transfer credit evaluation?
Absolutely! To appeal your transfer credit evaluation, and once you have received your initial evaluation, provide the Credential Evaluator Supervisor with additional course information such as detailed syllabi. Appeals must be submitted in writing to the Office of the Registrar prior to the completion of your second term at Florida Tech. You will be notified of any updates via email. Send the syllabi to:
Email: tceua@fit.edu
Fax: (321) 674-8216

Will grades and GPA transfer?
No.

Can Florida Tech's Forgiveness Policy apply to transfer credit?
No.

What is a course substitution?
A course substitution is the formal approval by the Academic unit for the substitution of transfer credit(s) to meet a specific degree requirement.

Why should I request a course substitution?
To utilize courses that have been transferred to Florida Tech and not applied to your specific degree plan as outlined in your Curriculum Advising Program Planning (CAPP) evaluation. Only courses that have been awarded transfer credit(s) on your transfer credit evaluation are eligible for course substitution consideration.

When should I complete a course substitution?
After your transfer credit evaluation has been completed and you have carefully reviewed your CAPP evaluation to determine which courses could substitute for degree requirement.

How do I review my CAPP evaluation?
CAPP can be accessed via Panther Access Web System (PAWS). http://fit.edu/paws/
Directions can be accessed via this link: http://www.fit.edu/registrar/documents/doc_mgr/216/CAPP_Instructions_students.pdf

How do I request a course substitution?
The Course Substitution Form, along with complete instructions, is available by accessing the following link: please read the instructions located on page 2 of the document.
http://www.fit.edu/registrar/forms.php The completed course substitution form with the course description(s) from the transferring university/college attached must be sent to the appropriate program chair.

Who do I contact if I have course substitution questions?
You may contact the program chair or coordinator for your specific degree. You can find out your Florida Tech program contact information by accessing the following link:
http://online.fit.edu/students/departmental_contacts.php

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150 W. University Blvd Melbourne, Florida 32901
Email: onlinelearninginfo@fit.edu

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