Fulton Schools to deliver transcripts electronically

Will save time, ease college applications process

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ATLANTA – For seniors (and parents of seniors), the process of sending school transcripts to the colleges of their choice just got a bit easier.

In a program implemented in many schools last month, Fulton County School System students, parents and staff now have access to an online service where they can request an official high school transcript and send it to the college of their choice with just a few clicks. There is no cost for the students, and the program will be rolled out systemwide by February 2014, said school officials.

“This technology-based tool will enable our counselors, students and parents to electronically transmit student transcripts to in-state, out-of-state and international schools in a traceable, safe and time-saving manner,” said Christopher Matthews, executive director of student support services for Fulton Schools.

Until now, the process required filling out paper forms for request, and delivery of the transcripts could take several days. The Fulton School Board contracted with Parchment to manage the transcript program at a cost of $44,000 annually.

“Students register at Parchment.com, [then] students, parents and staff can order transcripts at their convenience and use their account to track when it was sent and received,” said Matthews. “This more transparent process provides peace of mind during the stressful college application process.”

Parchment has been in business for more than 10 years and is recognized as the industry leader in education credentials technology. More than 3 million people and 8,300 schools and universities have used Parchment to exchange more than 10 million transcripts and other credentials since the company’s founding in 2003.