Transfer FAQs covers a myriad of topics pertaining to transfer students. This section covers topics such as admissions requirements, transfer credit, program completion, and financial aid. For detailed questions please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and ask to speak with a transfer counselor.
How many credits must I complete at Florida Tech to be awarded a degree?
To qualify for a bachelor’s degree from the university, 25% of total work must be completed at Florida Tech and must include the final 12 credit hours before graduation. In normal circumstances, this will be 30–34 semester hours.
How long will it take me to complete my four-year degree at Florida Tech?
It depends on how many of your course credits transfer directly into your desired program of study. The Office of the Registrar will provide you with an evaluation of your transfer credit at the time of admission. Then, your admission counselor will be able to give you an accurate estimate of the time required to complete your degree.
I want the credits I complete at my current college to transfer directly to Florida Tech. What courses should I
Call the Office of Undergraduate Admission prior to registering for classes. Explain to your counselor what major you’re interested in pursuing and what courses you have successfully completed. Your counselor will be happy to recommend the appropriate courses for your desired program of study.
What if my major at my previous college is different than what I hope to pursue at Florida Tech?
Your application will be evaluated based on the previously completed course work that is relevant to your new major.
Do I have to attend transfer student orientation?
Absolutely. Many orientation activities are designed to assist you in navigating the processes and procedures that will assure your compliance and successful matriculation to the university. You will also meet and learn about your academic faculty and the opportunities available through your department for research, projects, internships, etc. Social activities and introductions to the university’s services are also important in your comfortable assimilation into the Florida Tech community.
When is the application deadline?
Florida Tech has a rolling admission policy. This means we will process your application when all required documents are received and notify you within two weeks of receiving the appropriate documentation. We recommend you apply six to nine months prior to your intended enrollment date. If you are currently attending another college or university, please send an updated transcript upon completion of each semester.
Do I need to complete a minimum number of college credits before transferring?
No, but your transcript must include appropriate courses that demonstrate your readiness to succeed in a challenging academic curriculum. An applicant who has earned less than 24 semester credits must submit both a high school transcript and SAT I or ACT scores.
Will my credits transfer to Florida Tech?
Florida Tech will transfer credits for courses taken at other regionally accredited colleges or universities in the United States. Credit is granted on a course-by-course basis. The courses taken must be equivalent in content and hours to those given at Florida Tech, and you must receive a grade of “C” or better. In most cases, courses for transfer must have been completed within 10 years of Florida Tech enrollment. Credits from international colleges and universities are only transferred if the international college or university is listed in the Handbook of International Universities or recognized as being degree-granting by that country’s educational governing authority.
How do I find out if my credits will transfer?
The Office of the Registrar at Florida Tech will provide you with an evaluation of your transfer credit for all admitted students at the time of admission. A transfer of credit evaluation is a detailed evaluation performed by the Office of the Registrar and the academic units responsible for the equivalent Florida Tech courses.
Will all my transfer credits count toward degree completion at Florida Tech?
It depends. Florida Tech’s degree requirements are very specific for each major. You may receive credit for courses that are not applicable toward your desired degree. Your academic department determines how transfer credits apply to your Florida Tech degree requirements.
What types of credits will not transfer?
Credits are not awarded for courses listed on a transcript without a grade, or courses carrying grades but no credit hours. Credit is not awarded for: vocational or technical courses; correspondence courses; experiential learning; practica, internships or military experience. In most cases, credit is not awarded for courses completed more than 10 years prior to enrollment at Florida Tech. Credit is only awarded for courses taken at regionally accredited colleges and universities. Grades of “P” or “S” are subject to the approval of the University Registrar.
What is the deadline for transferring credit?
All official transcripts must be submitted to the Office of Admission prior to the completion of the first semester of enrollment at Florida Tech o be considered for transfer credit awards. Request for additional transfer credit must be made before the end of the second semester. Requests for “Advanced Standing” must be submitted to the appropriate academic unit head no later than 45 days after initial registration.
How can I get credit for advanced credit programs such as College Level Examination Programs (CLEP), Advanced
Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) CAPE examinations, A-Level examinations, etc.?
Florida Tech accepts credit for CLEP “subject” examinations. The minimum score must be above the recommended percentile as published by the American Council on Education. Florida Tech also accepts credit for AP examination scores of 4 or 5, and credit for International Baccalaureate (IB) higher-level exams and certain standard level exams for IB diploma holders with grades 4 or higher. You can find a complete list of the credits you can earn for these exams at www.fit.edu/ugrad/exams. Florida Tech cannot honor any amount of credit given for these exams by previously attended colleges or universities.
Will my current GPA at another college or university carry over to Florida Tech?
Grades and grade points are not transferable. Once you matriculate to Florida Tech, your transcripts will indicate transfer courses. Your new GPA is calculated after the completion of your first semester at Florida Tech.
Are scholarships and financial aid available to transfer students?
Scholarships are available to all admitted candidates. Additional federal financial aid is available to U.S. citizens and permanent residents of the United States.
How much financial aid can I expect to receive?
It depends on your financial need level. Florida Tech offers very generous financial aid packages to U.S. citizens or permanent residents to assist you in making a quality education at a private university affordable.
What types of financial aid are available and will I qualify for aid?
We strongly recommend you apply. You will more than likely qualify for some type of financial aid. Florida Tech offers grants based on financial
need and participates in a number of federal financial aid programs offering loans, federal grants, self-help programs and loans to students and parents of students. Florida residents who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents will also be considered for Florida state financial aid programs, including Bright Futures Scholarships, Florida Resident Access Grant (FRAG), Florida Student Assistance Grant (FSAG) and more.
What scholarships are available?
Florida Tech offers transfer student scholarships for academic and athletic excellence. For academic awards, we offer merit-based scholarships. Athletic and merit-based scholarships include, but are not limited to, the following:
Transfer scholarships ($8,000) are awarded for students whose cumulative GPA is 3.0 or higher. PTK awards ($12,500) are for transfer students inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Athletic scholarships are awarded by individual coaches through the Department of Athletics. Florida Tech competes in men’s baseball,basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, rowing, soccer, swimming, tennis and track. Scholarships are also available in women’s basketball, cross country, golf, rowing, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track and volleyball.
Are there other grants I might qualify for?
Based on need, an additional grant may be offered by Florida Tech. Additionally, other federal grants may be offered to U.S. citizens. These
National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant ($4,000 per year) Federal Academic Competitiveness Grant ($1,300 per year) Pell Grant (Average award $1,200 per year) Federal Work-Study Grant (up to $1,500 per year) Transfer FAQS and Facts
How do I apply for financial aid and what documents are required?
If you have never applied for financial aid before, you need to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) with a federal processor or online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. If you are receiving federal financial aid at your current college or university, you need to list Florida Tech on the renewal form you receive from the federal government or contact a federal processor and have them send a copy of your Student Aid Report (SAR) to Florida Tech. Florida residents must complete a residency verification form (available from the Office of Financial Aid). If you are an international student, you can complete the Request for Financial Support form found at www.fit.edu/ugrad/apply. Needbased aid for international students is limited, but international students can receive academic merit-based transfer scholarships and athletic scholarships.
What is the deadline to apply for aid?
There is no deadline for attendance in the fall semester, but priority consideration is given to applicants who file the FAFSA on or before March 1 for the fall semester and Sept. 15 for the spring semester. You must be admitted to the university before a financial aid award can be offered. We recommend you apply for financial aid at the same time you apply for admission.
How long before I know how much aid I will receive?
That depends on how early you apply for admission and financial aid. The process generally takes two weeks after receiving your FAFSA results from the federal processing center. Apply early! We’ll let you know as soon as possible. Financial aid awards are mailed as early as the first week of March for the fall semester and the first week of October for the spring semester.
Does Florida Tech offer a FastTrack master’s degree program?
Yes. Florida Tech offers accelerated master’s degree programs in engineering, science, aeronautics and business. These programs give highly
motivated students the chance to take graduate course work while still an undergraduate, allowing them to finish a master’s degree in less time than they could in a traditional program at another college.
Does attending or graduating from a Florida community college provide any advantages?
Most definitely. Florida Tech is currently partnered with Eastern Florida State College, Valencia Community College, Indian River State College Community College, South Florida Community College and Broward Community College as well as Miami-Dade College and More partnerships are being developed. Partnerships are dual-admission programs designed to allow high school graduates to pursue an associate degree from a Florida community college followed by a bachelor’s degree at Florida Tech. Students entering or currently enrolled at one of the above institutions (and who have earned fewer than 30 credits) are eligible to take advantage of Florida Tech’s community college partnerships.
What do I need to know if I am interested in Florida Tech’s ROTC program?
Florida Tech offers Army ROTC for students who want to become commissioned officers in the U.S. Army. Students interested in competing for an Army ROTC scholarship to Florida Tech must complete an Army ROTC Scholarship Application and an Application for Admission to the university, and must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You can apply for an Army ROTC scholarship at www.goarmy.com/rotc. If awarded an Army ROTC scholarship, the Army will pay: 100% of a student’s tuition to Florida Tech, a $600 per semester book allowance, and a monthly stipend of $350 (sophomores), $450 (juniors) or $500 (seniors). In addition, Florida Tech will award a university grant that covers the annual cost for room and board (living on campus only) for the term of the scholarship. Army ROTC scholarship applicants must be accepted for full-time enrollment to Florida Tech, have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher and meet the Army medical and physical fitness requirements. Eastern Florida State College (EFSC) students can take ROTC courses at Florida Tech while still enrolled at EFSC.
How is credit awarded for aviation students entering Florida Tech with previously earned flight certificates
College credit for prior flight certificates and ratings will be awarded following an evaluation by the Florida Tech flight training department. It is university policy and FAA required that we have complete records of all flight training, including an evaluation of flight experience. Students with previous flight experience will take a multiple-choice and written exam, have their logbooks evaluated and will be given a flight-check ride to determine flight proficiency. Based on the results, students will be awarded “Advanced Standing” credit commensurate with their evaluated flight proficiency.
Are there any majors I cannot enroll in?
Yes, transfer students may not enroll in General programs (General Engineering, General Science ore General Studies). Some new programs will have restrictions as well. Currently, Biomedical Engineering has restrictions, please email your admission counselor or the academic department for restrictions.