Student FAQs

Many common questions are listed below. If your question is listed, click on the question to see the answer.

  • Ferris State University has partnered with the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) to provide the service of secure online ordering. Safe, fast, and easy-it is the most efficient way to order your official transcript.

    Transcripts can be ordered online, 24/7 through the National Student Clearinghouse. The site will walk you through placing your order, including delivery options and fees. With a valid credit card, you can order multiple transcripts to be sent to various recipients. Your card will only be charged after your order has been completed. All charges are non-refundable. Order updates are available via text message and email.

    All students who have attended since 1990 will have a MyFSU account where they can login and order transcripts.  If you require assistance with sign-on, or re-activating your MyFSU account, please contact the Technology Assistance Center (TAC) at 877-779-4822 FREE. Once logged in, select the Student tab and click the My Records icon. You will want to select the Transcripts and Enrollment Verification link from the left hand side, under Grades & Transcripts. This will take you directly to the NSC, where you can enter your online request for transcripts from Ferris State University.

    Former students can also request transcripts online by going directly to the National Student Clearinghouse. If you need help or have questions about the NSC transcript ordering service, contact them via email at service@studentclearinghouse.org or by phone at 703-742-7791

  • Normal Cost

    The cost of a transcript is $5.00 per copy. There may be additional cost depending on the order and delivery method you choose. Below are the options available:

    Ordered Online-Delivered by Electronic PDF: $9

    This service is only available to students who have attended Ferris in 1990 or later. A secure link is delivered to the recipient’s email address within an hour. It is the responsibility of the transcript requester to verify that the recipient will accept delivery of an Electronic PDF transcript. Electronic transcripts are available (maximum of 3 downloads per transcript) for 30 days from the date of issue.

    Ordered Online-Delivered by Electronic Transcript Exchange: $7.25

    The secure NSC Electronic Transcript Exchange (ETX) is only available if the recipient participates in this service. If the recipient participates, this will be the only option available for the delivery method. If the recipient does not participate, this option is not available.

    Ordered Online-Delivered by Mail or Pick-Up at the Timme Center for Student Services in Big Rapids: $7.25 (additional charge for expedited delivery options)

    Transcripts delivered by mail are sent first class U.S. mail and regular processing time is within two business days of receiving your request. To expedite delivery you may choose Fed Ex Overnight service (additional $30 – cannot deliver to PO Boxes), or Postal Express for one to two day delivery service (additional $23). Expedited orders received after 12pm (noon) EST or on weekends or holidays will be mailed the following business day.

    Ordered in-person at the Timme Center for Student Services in Big Rapids: $5 (additional charge for expedited delivery options)

    Transcripts are delivered by mail and are sent first class U.S. mail. Regular processing time is within two business days of receiving your request. Expedited options include rush service (additional $5) to have your transcript mailed the same day, or to take with you if ordering in person; Fed Ex Overnight service (additional $30 – cannot deliver to PO Boxes); and Postal Express for one to two day delivery service (additional $23).  Expedited orders received after 12pm (noon) EST will be mailed the following business day.

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    Transcripts sent via email or electronic exchange are typically delivered within 30 minutes of your order. When you choose one of these options you will receive email notifications when your transcript is sent and retrieved.

    Transcripts sent via first class U.S. mail are typically in the mail within two business days of receiving your request. We also provide two types of express shipping. We use Federal Express next day service for a charge of $35.00 per address. Federal Express does not deliver to PO boxes. The second type of express shipping is Postal Express for a charge of $28.00 per address and it takes one to two days to arrive at the destination. Both of these express services includes the cost for the mailing service fee, an official transcript, and immediate same-day service.

  • Ferris State University offers official pdf and electronic exchange (ETX) transcripts that are typically delivered within 30 minutes of your order. Transcripts are only released when all financial obligations to Ferris State University have been met. No business is conducted on days when Ferris is closed - weekends, holidays and the time between Christmas and New Year's. Please plan accordingly or order online using the pdf or ETX delivery option.
  • Unofficial transcripts are available at no cost and are intended for personal use and reference; they do not contain the Ferris seal, address, or the Registrar’s signature. We will not send unofficial transcripts.

    If you have been a student since 1990 you may print your own Unofficial Academic Transcript on MyFSU. If you require assistance with sign-on, or re-activating your MyFSU account, please contact the Technology Assistance Center (TAC) at 877-779-4822 FREE.

    Former Students: With a valid picture ID, you can obtain a copy of your unofficial transcript at the Student Service Counter in the Timme Center for Student Services in Big Rapids, or at an off-campus site (Flint, Traverse City, or Grand Rapids).

  • We do all of our enrollment and graduation verifications through the National Student Clearinghouse.
  • Simply completing your final class or requirement for your degree does not mean it is instantaneously awarded. Please understand that it takes time to audit each and every student who is graduating and process them accordingly. Typically your degree will appear on your transcript within one month of graduation, and you should receive your diploma within 6 – 8 weeks. If you have a special situation where you need your degree posted sooner than this or you have not received your diploma in the mail, please contact your Dean’s Office.
  • Conveniently order Replacement Diplomas and Diploma Covers online through the
    Registrar's Office Store.

    COST:
    $15.00 per copy of your diploma.
    $8.00+tax per diploma cover for Associate, Bachelor, and Master levels.
    $10.00+tax per diploma cover for Doctoral level.

    If you are not able to make your request online, you can download the Replacement Diploma Request Form. Submit your completed form and payment with a personal check or money order, payable to Ferris State University.

    SEND TO:
    Ferris State University
    Registrar's Office
    1201 S. State St. CSS 201
    Big Rapids, MI 49307

  • If it is your only course or the last course left on your schedule, please contact the Registrar’s Office. If it is one course and you have one or more classes left on your schedule, please contact your Dean’s Office.
  • If it is your only course or the last course left on your schedule, please contact the Registrar’s Office. If it is one course and you have one or more classes left on your schedule, please contact your Dean’s Office.
  • You may drop a class if you have completed 10% or less of the course. For a typical full term course, the last day to drop is the 4th day of the semester. For specific dates please refer to the campus calendar.
  •  You may withdraw from a class if you have completed 63% or less of the course. For specific dates please refer to the campus calendar.
  • Current Student

    If you are a current student you can view your assigned registration dates in MyFSU in the Academics and Services Tab, Registration Channel, Registration Status/Advisor Information link. Please ensure you choose the correct term for which you are trying to determine your registration date. This link will also show you any issues that may prevent the ability to register, for example, advising holds.

    Future Student

    If you are a future student, your registration will typically take place one of two ways. First, if you are attending an on-campus Orientation, you will register for your classes as part of that Orientation. If you complete an online Orientation, you will typically schedule a meeting with an Educational Counselor or Advisor from your college. It is at that meeting where you will register for your classes.

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    To determine whether or not you are eligible to petition for a change in residency for tuition purposes, please refer to the University policy: Residency Requirements for Tuition Purposes

    To petition for a change in residency for tuition purposes, please complete and submit the following form: Petition for Change in Residence Status.

  • Please complete and submit the following form: Social Security Number Change Request
  •  To request all of your information at the University become confidential, please come to Timme Center for Student Services to fill out the necessary form. You must bring your picture ID in order to fill out the form.
  • To submit a name change, please complete and return the following form: Name Change Request
  • You can find the Michigan Uniform Guest Application here. After completing Part I, please bring the form to the Student Services Center (Timme CSS) to have Part II completed.