Credential Evaluation and Foreign Degree Translation: Help and Information
What Do I Need to Do?
To apply you need to submit an application and your documents (transcripts, certificates, diplomas) to SpanTran. The application will take 5-10 minutes to complete. To apply online, click here. You will need to submit your documents electronically by attaching files.
If you cannot apply online, click here to download the application. You can send your filled out application and photocopies of your documents by email, regular mail, courier, fax or you can bring it to our office and apply in person. Please note: original documents will not be returned, photocopies are accepted. You can find directions to our Houston, New York City, or Miami intake offices below.
How Long Does It Take?
Our standard evaluation turnaround time is 10 business days. Some cases do require additional time for research and verification but the majority of evaluations are ready within two weeks or less. We also offer rush services of 2 and 5 business days. Certain exceptions do apply, which you’ll see as you fill out the online application. The time frame begins when your application, all required documents, and full payment have been received.
Which Evaluation Do I Need?
There are six types of credential evaluations. Choosing the wrong one wastes your time and money because the school or institution that you apply to will probably not accept it. We therefore urge you to use our Suggested Service which will ensure that you choose the right evaluation.
Which credential evaluation is right for you?
It depends on what you need your evaluation for. Carefully read the categories below.
|Why do you need an evaluation?||Suggested Evaluation|
|Immigration / Visa|
|High School Completion|
|Transfer to US High School from a foreign High School||Course Analysis|
|Admission into a 2-year junior college or vocational institute|
|Admission into a 4-year college or university for students who have not studied in any college before|
|Transfer within a 4-year college program||Divisional Course Analysis|
|Professional Certification (other than Nursing, Engineering or Teaching|
|Further Education for Nurses who have studied Nursing before||Nursing Course Analysis|
|Engineering Board Certification||Engineering Course Analysis|
|Teacher Certification||Teacher Course Analysis|
All evaluations except for the General Evaluation include Course Analysis with credits for each course and GPA.
For a technical description of the various evaluations offered please click here.
What Do I Need to Send to SpanTran?
|Application||Completely filled out, Signed, Dated. You can do this online, by mail, fax or in person at our Houston, Manhattan, NY or Miami, FL offices.|
|Academic Documents||Transcripts / mark sheets with dates and grades, degree diplomas, certificates of graduation, professional licenses. DO NOT SEND ORIGINALS – THEY WILL NOT BE RETURNED.|
|Payment*||Fees for evaluations are covered below. Evaluations will not be processed until all fees are paid.|
|Translation||Any documents not in English require certified translation. If you do not provide one, you will need to pay an extra fee for us to translate it.|
|Verification (only if requested by Span Tran)||In some cases, a Verification Authorization letter is needed. If you receive this request from SpanTran, please click here to download the Verification Authorization Letter, sign it, and send it back to SpanTran to complete your application.|
*Payment – Add Items 1-4 to Calculate the Total Fee.
1. Evaluation of Credentials
The cost of each credential evaluation depends on how fast you need it.
|10 Business Days||5 Business Days||2 Business Days|
|General (no GPA or Credits)||$85||$135||$160|
|Divisional Course Analysis||$225||$350||$530|
|Nursing Course Analysis||$250||$375||$550|
|Teacher Course Analysis||$280||NA||NA|
|Engineering Course Analysis||$400||NA||NA|
2. Translation Fees $ ______
If your documents are not in English, we may require a certified translation to be submitted with your documents. If you do not have a transcript translation, we can provide a quote for this service after you submit your application.
To avoid fraud, we check that your documents are real. To do this, we offer a robust document verification service which you can use to confirm that your documents are authentic. Our verification fees cover our internal costs and the fees that foreign institutions charge us to verify credentials. If the issuing institution requires additional fees or there are additional costs due to multiple degrees, we will notify you after you submit your application. You can find a full list of Verification costs here: https://www.spantran.com/for-students-schedule-of-services-and-fees/
As an alternative, you can arrange for your previous institution(s) send your official documents directly to SpanTran. If you choose this option, we will e-mail you with instructions after you submit your application. In such cases, you can start the evaluation process with a scanned copy of your documents, if available. We’ll then release your evaluation once we receive your official documents directly from your previous foreign institution(s).
4. Delivery of Evaluation to You
All deliveries to businesses and schools are via Courier. Please include a contact name and a physical address as we do not send to Post Office Boxes for deliveries to schools and businesses. We will get a tracking number and request verification of delivery. SpanTran is not responsible for items lost or damaged once they leave our office.
- Pick up at one of our offices
- E-Mail to the address(es) you provided on your application
- US Home Delivery ($15 per address)
- Domestic Courier ($30 per address)
- International Courier ($75 per address)
Two copies of the evaluation and foreign degree translation (if ordered) are included. You can send two copies to one address or one copy to each of two addresses. If more than two copies are needed, contact our office to make arrangements. Extra fees may apply. Total of Fees in Items 1 – 4
Can I Get a Translation Without an Evaluation? Yes! Just upload a copy of your documents here for a quote: Translation Request Form
What is the Status of My Application? To find out the status of your application, please visit: https://www.spantran.com/status/ You can also send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please mention your SpanTran reference number.
Do I Have to Apply Online? No. If you’re having difficulty with the online application, you can apply in person. You can come into our New York City, Houston, or Miami Intake Office.
How do I get to the Houston/New York City/Miami Intake Office? Click here for directions to the Houston Office, click here for directions to the NYC Office, or click here for directions to the Miami Intake office.
Do you have questions that weren’t answered above? Contact us by e-mail.