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24+ Credit Hold Information

SCPS Student,

We are pleased that you have chosen the School of Continuing & Professional Studies at the Fashion Institute of Technology to pursue your educational goals. If you have reached this page, you have likely encountered a registration hold while attempting to register for classes.  This hold is applied to students who are taking courses as a non-matriculated (non-degree) student and have accumulated 24 or more credits on their transcript.

Note: The FIT student information system is unable to distinguish between courses taken in degree status and out of degree status.  If you have taken 20 credits in degree status and 6 in non-degree status, you will be put on registration hold when you reach the level of 24 cumulative credits and are enrolling as a non-degree student.

FIT has a strict policy regarding the number of credits a student may take in non-matriculated status and have applied to a degree program:

MATRICULATION STATUS POLICY:
Non-matriculated students (i.e., students enrolled in at least one course but not admitted into a degree program) seeking admission to a two-year associate or baccalaureate degree program at FIT should note the following:

  • A minimum of 50 percent of the credits identified in any degree program as major area or related area credits must be taken while matriculated
  • No more than 30 credits taken at FIT in non-matriculated status may be applied to a two-year associate or baccalaureate degree

Non-matriculated students seeking admission to a one-year associate degree program should note the following:

  • A minimum of 50 percent of the credits identified in any degree program as major area or related area credits must be taken while matriculated
  • No more than 15 credits taken at FIT in non-matriculated status may be applied to a one-year associate degree

Students pursuing a second baccalaureate degree should review the specific degree requirements with the Registrar’s Office.

RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS:

  • To earn a two-year associate degree, students must complete at FIT a minimum of 30 credits as required by the major.
  • To earn a one-year associate degree, students must complete at FIT a minimum of 30 credits as required by the major.
  • To earn a baccalaureate degree, students must complete at FIT a minimum of 60 credits as required by the major. However, if students have already earned an appropriate FIT associate degree, they must complete at FIT a minimum of 30 upper-division credits as required by the major.

(These policies are also listed in the Undergraduate Catalog.)

If you are interested in obtaining a degree from FIT, you must apply for admissions to a degree program now through our formal admissions process. To apply, please visit  Admissions to complete the online application. After applying, and if you are accepted into a degree program, the courses you have taken will be evaluated and appropriate credit will be granted towards a degree.

Remember, you may not accumulate credits and then expect to receive a degree without formally applying to and being admitted into a degree program.

Whether or not you plan to complete a degree, you must submit your information below in order to proceed with registration.

If you have questions regarding the information in this message, please take a moment to review these frequently asked questions:

Why did I get this registration hold? 
You currently are approaching or have passed the limit for credits that can be transferred from non-degree (non- matriculated) status into degree (matriculated) status and there are important policies you need to be aware of if you plan to apply to a degree program.

I already have a degree from FIT. Why did I receive this registration hold? 
All Continuing Education (credit, non-degree seeking) students who are approaching or have passed the limit for credits that can be transferred to a degree program are placed on a registration hold until this form is completed.  Unfortunately, the FIT student information system is unable to delineate between credits taken in matriculated status versus non-matriculated status. Thus all students who the matriculation policies might affect are included in the hold.  

Does this mean I have to apply to a degree to take more classes, or that FIT wants me to apply to a degree?
No. You can take as many classes as you wish in non-degree (non-matriculated) status and do not need to apply to a degree if you do not wish to do so. However, a number of your classmates will be pursuing degrees and our intention is to ensure that everyone is aware of the policies outlined in this message so that they do not exceed the maximum credits that can transfer from non-degree status. 

Who do I contact to discuss applying to a degree program? 
After carefully reviewing the Admissions website, you can contact the Office of Admissions at 212 217.3760 or fitinfo@fitnyc.edu.

I have already applied to a degree program and was accepted. Why am I getting this registration hold?
Even if you were accepted to a degree program for a future term, you are currently registering while coded as a non-degree student.

I am in a degree program at FIT. Why am I getting this registration hold?
You probably sat out for a semester (i.e., did not take classes for one term) and have fallen out of degree status.  If you received this hold, you were not in degree status at the time it was placed. You must reapply if you plan to complete your degree. For details, visit the Readmission page and contact Admissions with questions.

I just want to take some classes. Do I have to worry about this registration hold?
You do not have to worry about it – just fill out the form specifying that you understand the applicable policies above.

If you still have questions, contact:
The School of Continuing & Professional Studies
212 217.3334 (Option 2)
conted@fitnyc.edu

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