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Application and Transcript Information

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

The process takes approximately 1-2 weeks, except for FCC's winter break. 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 contact the FEMA Independent Study Program College Credit Administrator at 301-447-1200 Monday through Friday 8:00am to 6:00pm ET or by email at . 

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 (ISP) provides college credit but not a degree. FEMA ISP credits can be used at Frederick Community College to satisfy some of the program requirements for the Emergency Management Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) Degree, Emergency Management Certificate, and Emergency Management Letters of Recognition.  As a nationally recognized institution with American Public University (APU), FCC degrees are transferable to APU, as well as other four year colleges, so that you can further your studies in Emergency Management. For more information, program requirements, and transfer 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 please contact FCC directly at, or by phone at 301-624-2854, or visit their website at and request a transcript.

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 and click on the blue “Credit Conversion” button to see the most current semester information 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 1-2 weeks for credits to be posted.

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 check with NY DOE for more information.

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.

What versions of the Independent Study courses will be accepted towards credit?

The current or previous version of the Independent Study course will only be accepted for conversion into credit.  For example, FEMA 131 requires completion of IS-230.c OR IS-230.d.  Previous completions of IS-230, IS-230.a, IS-230.b can no longer be used towards this credit.

How do I obtain a copy of my FCC transcript after my order is placed?

Frederick Community College utilizes Parchment, a secure electronic transcript ordering system, to issue official transcripts. You will receive an email from Frederick Community College when your emstudy order is complete and your transcripts are available. The email will contain instructions and a link to Parchment where you can set up an account and order official electronic or paper transcripts.  There is $5.00 fee for electronic transcripts and a $7.50 fee for transcripts sent through the mail. There are additional fees for paper transcripts if you request international or expedited delivery.

Do not request a transcript until you receive the confirmation email from Frederick Community College that your order is complete.
Requests made prior to the completion of your order will not contain the courses on your current order.