What is a transcript?
A transcript is documentation of a student’s permanent academic record. It can be either a College Transcript or Adult High School/Adult Education Transcript and contains confidential information and cannot be released by the College to anyone other than the student without the student's authorization and release of information from an official transcript without consent to a third party is prohibited by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA).
What is the difference between an official and unofficial transcript?
The official transcript is printed on special security sensitive paper that provides document protection, includes the College seal and Registrar’s signature, and mailed in a sealed envelope. An electronic official transcript is an official transcript that is digitized to a PDF document with enhanced security features and delivered electronically over a secure network. When either the envelope has been opened or the email is forwarded by the requestor or printed and re-scanned in an email, the transcript is no longer considered official.
Unofficial transcripts have a plain background, do not contain the College seal or Registrar’s signature, and has “Seminole State College Unofficial Transcript” printed on the top of each page. Even though the transcript is unofficial and for personal records, some additional uses include being used for advising tools, enrollment verifications for student discounts, and internship applications. Please check with the intended recipient to confirm the need of an official or unofficial transcript.