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Official Transcript or Unofficial Transcript FAQ

What is the difference between an Official and an Unofficial Transcript?

Both the official and the unofficial transcript contain the same information about a student’s academic record: a chronological list of classes, grades and credits, but there is a big difference in official vs. unofficial transcripts and how they are used.

Official Transcripts

  • There is a $10 charge for official transcripts.
  • Only an official transcript includes the Registrar’s signature, the college seal and the date it was issued. If sent electronically, official transcripts are electronically verified by both the sending and receiving institution.
  • An official transcript is delivered in a sealed envelope or secure electronic PDF, which should not be opened by anyone except the addressee. It is a legal document.
  • Official transcripts are generally only needed at the final step of applying to a transfer or graduate school, for some employment opportunities and some scholarships. Before ordering official transcripts, confirm first that unofficial transcripts cannot be used by the college/university, business or organization that is requesting your transcripts.

Unofficial Transcripts

  • There is no charge for Unofficial Transcripts.
  • Unofficial transcripts can be used by students to check grades, course enrollment history and as part of an initial (first step) of applying to a transfer or graduate school, for some employment opportunities and some scholarships.
  • Unofficial transcripts are printed on plain paper and do not have a college seal or registrar’s signature.
  • Transcripts that have been in the hands of the student such as student copy/unofficial transcripts are not considered official.