Terms of Service

Official Documents/Copies 

Transcript Research will not finalize an evaluation on the basis of photocopies, scans, or notarized documents unless they can be verified directly by the issuing institution, examination board, ministry of education, or other relevant agency. Please see our country-specific requirements at http://transcriptresearch.com/requirements/ 

Please note that we are unable to make exceptions to this requirement on the basis of immigration or citizenship status or for asylees or refugees. 

Transcript Research is not responsible for requesting transcripts/academic credentials for evaluation. It is the applicant's responsibility to make arrangements to have them sent to us, according to our country-specific requirements. 

Official documents sent to us by the applicant will be returned with the completed evaluation. Documents sent to us by the issuing institution become our property and will not be returned.  

Transcript Research does not evaluate transcripts/degrees from US institutions, but if you have studied at higher education institutions in the US, you can include photocopies/scans of those records, and we will include general information about those studies in the evaluation.

Verification

We reserve the right to verify all documents. Some evaluations cannot be completed without verification, such as academic records from China, secondary results from Nigeria, Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and others. Please see our country-specific requirements at http://transcriptresearch.com/requirements/ 

All applications are subject to verification, and documents from many countries are verified automatically. Transcript Research attempts to verify all documents submitted for evaluation. If our verification finds that the documents submitted were not valid, we will cancel the application (no refund) and notify the institutions listed on the application. We will also provide this information to the relevant authorities, and we will keep the documents submitted for evaluation. 

Translations

Academic documents issued in a language other than English must be accompanied by an English translation, done either by the educational institution or a government-approved translator, or, if translated in the U.S., by a member of the American Translator's Association. For country-specifics regarding translations, please see www.transcriptresearch.com/requirements 

Applications We Cannot Accept

There are some evaluation types we are presently unable to evaluate. If you send the following types of educational records, they will be returned to you, and you will be charged for return shipping. 

* We no longer conduct evaluations for the followings types of programs: nursing, law, medical technology, or physical therapy. 

* We no longer conduct evaluations specifically for teacher certification boards or accounting boards. Many boards will still accept our course-by-course evaluations. 

* We no longer conduct course-by-course evaluations with credits of religious education, vocational/technical studies, art or music academies, or language immersion programs unless conducted at a university or other educational institution recognized by the Ministry of Education or equivalent educational authority. Typically, these studies are only available for general equivalency evaluations.

* We no longer evaluate credentials from Haiti except for secondary school records. 

Secondary Leaving Examinations

If you are currently enrolled in secondary/high school education in an educational system that leads to a national/state-wide leaving examination, please contact us before applying so that we may determine if your records can be evaluated at this time. From many such systems, we are unable to complete the evaluation until the leaving examination has been taken and results have been awarded.  

Grading Scale/Marking Schemes and Degree Plan/Study Plan/Program Syllabus

Please provide a copy of the grading scale/marking scheme used if it is not posted on your transcripts/academic records.  If you did not graduate from the program, please provide a copy of the degree plan/study plan/program syllabus, or expect delays. 

Incomplete Applications

Your application cannot be evaluated until all fees are paid and all documents and acceptable English translations are received. Standard evaluation processing time takes 3-4 weeks from the time we receive all fees, documentation, and necessary information. Please note that older academic credentials (more than 20 years old) may require additional research time. We can begin the process on the basis of a fax or scan of your academic records, but we cannot finalize and mail the completed evaluation until we receive your official academic credentials. 

3-year Degrees 

Transcript Research typically does not accept 3-year Bachelor degrees as comparable to a US Bachelor degree except for those countries where we award advanced standing (transfer credit) for the post-secondary, pre-university (grade 13) credentials such as the United Kingdom. 

Cancellations and Fees

Applications can be canceled with 5 business days for a 50% refund. Otherwise, refunds will not be issued except in cases of over-payment. We will not issue a refund if you are unable to meet the requirements of the application, so it is imperative that you read and understand the country-specific requirements before you submit your application. In particular, you must submit official documents before your evaluation will be issued. A refund will not be issued if you fail to provide official documents. Please ensure that you check with the intended recipient of your evaluation before you apply. 
 
Fees are subject to change without notice. Applications are valid for 6 months. After that time, a $50 reinstatement fee is required.

Applications are valid for 6 months. After that time, a $50 reinstatement fee is required. Completed evaluations (and electronic copies of the evaluated credentials) will be kept on file for five years, and additional official copies can be ordered for $20 per copy.

  

Mailing 

If you send official documents to us, they will be returned to you via United States Postal Service (USPS) when the evaluation is complete if you have paid for priority or express mail shipping. We do not return official documents via stamped envelopes. The only documents that we send by stamped envelopes are completed evaluations directly to third parties (colleges, universities, employers, military recruiters, etc.).

We do not use other courier services/mail processors (FedEx, UPS, etc.).

Please note that USPS Express Mail services within the US is generally 1-2 days while USPS Priority Mail within the US is generally 3-4 days. Also note that Express mail service merely expedites the shipping stage after the evaluation has been completed. If you need the evaluation completed faster than our standard turnaround time, then you should choose one of our rush service options. 

International shipping times will vary. Since the USPS does not provide international tracking for Priority Mail packages, Transcript Research only offers Express Mail service for international addresses.

Applications who do not include the shipping fee will be placed on hold until the shipping fee has been provided.