Application and Transcript Information

Once I submit my application, how long does it take for processing?

The process takes approximately 2-3 weeks. You will receive status updates as your application is being processed.

Can I submit my application over the phone?

No, you must submit your application online.

Can I cancel my application online?

No, you must call the FEMA Independent Study Program College Credit Administrator at 301-447-1200.

Can I cancel my application?

Yes, BUT you must cancel within 1 business day and pay a $50.00 cancellation fee. Cancellation request beyond 1 business day will not be granted.

Can I earn a degree through this program?

The FEMA Independent Study Program offers college credits, but not a degree; however, some of our credits are utilized within Frederick Community College's (FCC) Associates of Applied Science (A.A.S.) Degree, Emergency Management Certificate, and numerous specialization Letters of Recognition (LOR). As a nationally recognized institution with American Public University (APU), FCC degrees are transferrable to several prestigious four year colleges so that you can further your studies in Emergency Management. For more information please visit or call their Emergency Management Program directly at 301-624-2854.

How can I obtain an Official Transcript of my college credits?

To obtain a copy of your Frederick Community College (FCC) transcript for credits that have already been purchased, you will need to submit the proper form directly to FCC.  You may go to .  Go to option 3 Are you a FEMA student?? and click here.  Print, fill out, and sign the form.  Submit the form to FCC via the information at the top of the form.

I never received my Frederick Community College transcript. How do I get it?

You can contact FCC directly at, or by phone at 301-624-2854, or visit their website at and request a transcript.

What is the difference between the EMI Independent Study Program transcript and the Frederick Community College transcript?

The EMI Independent Study transcript reflects your IS course completion(s) and CEU (Continuing Education Unit) amounts. The FCC transcript details the college credit(s) you have obtained.

How do I know which semester Frederick Community College (FCC) is currently in? My FCC transcript must reflect a certain semester for my credits to be accepted.

Your transcript from Frederick Community College will reflect the semester at the time credits were purchased, not when the courses were completed.  Review the Frederick Community College website at  and scroll to the bottom of the page to view semester dates and ordering deadlines prior to placing an order at Students are responsible for reviewing these dates and must allow necessary processing time to receive credits within the desired academic semester (Spring, Summer, Fall). 

Please allow 4 weeks for credits to be posted and transcripts to ship.

How will I know my GPA if the FEMA courses are pass/fail?

A GPA will not reflect on your FCC transcript. It will reflect a "P" for Pass.

Are there any age restrictions on obtaining college credits?

YES. Frederick Community College (FCC) does not award credits to students that are 11 years of age or younger. Also, students that are between the ages of 12 – 16, will need to apply to the Gifted and Talented program at FCC before applying for credit conversion on



Does the New York Department of Education still accept these credits?

The FEMA IS course credit conversion process has not changed but the NY DOE requirements have changed for completion dates and semester deadlines.  Please visit the link below and thoroughly review the Terms of Service BEFORE placing your application.

Will FCC put all my courses from other institutions on one transcript?

Frederick Community College does not offer credit banking/consolidation services.

Is there any way to expedite the process?

Not at this time. All applications are processed on a first come first serve basis.

Can a third party pay my college credit fee?

Yes, simply enter the payee information during checkout.

Can I get a refund if my college does not accept FCC transfer credits?

There are no refunds given on college credits that have been awarded by Frederick Community College (FCC).  All applicants are responsible for verifying acceptance of FCC credits by his or her receiving institution.  The student is also responsible for applying for FCC credit early enough to meet any deadlines imposed by their institution. 

Can I get a refund for my college credit fee after my application has already been processed?

No, The only time a refund will be granted is if it is found that a credit has already been purchased through Frederick Community College.

The course that I completed is not listed as a course that is available for college credit. What does that mean?

Not all of the FEMA Independent Study courses are awarded college credit. Only the credits listed in the "Course Info" section of the website are available for credit.

I obtained college credit through your program before. Why don't they show up in my order history?

Only credits that were obtained through this online website will reflect in your order history. All previous credits purchased prior to the online application process is maintained by the FEMA Independent Study Program and Frederick Community College.