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Degree and Certificate Information

The college does not automatically confer degrees or certificates as eligibility requirements vary. Students are encouraged to meet with a counselor during their studies at Folsom Lake College to ensure they're taking courses which will meet degree and certificate requirements.

It is the student's responsibility to file a petition for their Degree or Certificate by the following deadlines:

Fall 2018: Friday, October 5, 2018
Spring 2019: Friday, March 1, 2019
Summer 2019: Friday, June 21, 2019


Petitioning for a Degree

  1. Call the Counseling office for a one-hour appointment.

    Folsom Lake College: (916) 608-6510
    El Dorado Center: (530) 642-5645
    Rancho Cordova Center: (916) 361-6321

    Do not wait until the last minute to do this since counseling appointments fill quickly. Degree petitions must be done in person with a counselor.
  2. The following must be on file in Admissions & Records prior to your counseling appointment in order for your petition to be processed:
    • Official transcripts from all colleges attended outside the Los Rios District.
    • Official copies of AP/IB/CLEP test scores, if applicable.
    • A copy of DD214-military discharge papers, if veteran desires credit for military units.
  3. If attending a college outside of the Los Rios District during the semester in which you are petitioning, you must provide a list of in-progress courses to your counselor. Official transcripts will be required at the end of the semester for final evaluation of degree.
  4. All degree requirements must be completed by the end of the semester in which you petition.


Petitioning for a Certificate

  1. Apply ONLINE by clicking the link below or call the Counseling office for an appointment.

    Folsom Lake College: (916) 608-6510
    El Dorado Center: (530) 642-5645
    Rancho Cordova Center: (916) 361-6321

    Do not wait until the last minute make a counseling appointment since appointments fill quickly. Only certificate petitions can be submitted online (degree petitions can only be submitted with a counselor).

  2. The following must be on file in Admissions & Records in order for your petition to be processed:
    • Official transcripts from colleges attended outside the Los Rios District if that coursework is being used towards your certificate requirements.
    • Official copies of AP/IB/CLEP test scores, if applicable.
    • If attending a college outside of the Los Rios District during the semester in which you are petitioning, you must provide a list of in-progress courses to your counselor. Official transcripts will be required at the end of the semester for final evaluation of certificate.

  3. All certificate requirements must be completed by the end of the semester in which you petition.

    It is highly recommended that you have met with a counselor prior to submitting a certificate petition online. By submitting this online form, I acknowledge that all required coursework is either completed or in progress.

    To apply ONLINE for a certificate you must:
    • Know the catalog year you are following for your certificate requirements. The most common catalog year for certificate petitions is the current catalog. If you are following certificate requirements from an older catalog, you must have maintained catalog rights. (See below for explanation of catalog rights.)
    • Be certain all certificate requirements have been met with a "C" or better (or will be met by the end of the semester in which you are applying).
    • Meet FLC residency for certificates consisting of 12 or more units. Residency requires that a minimum of 12-units of college-level coursework be completed at Folsom Lake College. Certificates less than 12-units do not require the 12-unit residency.
    • If you are using coursework from outside of the Los Rios District, you must have an approved course-substitution form on file or proper documentation on file from a counselor. Certain coursework from ARC, CRC and SCC may also need counselor approval. Petitions missing the above may be denied.

To petition for a certificate,
please fill out this form.



After You've Petitioned for a Degree or Certificate

Notification

All degree and certificate petitioners will be notified via the email address provided as follows:

Approved Petitions: If your petition is approved, you will be notified via email when degree(s) /certificates(s) have been posted to the transcript according to the following timelines:

Summer Petitions: by mid-October.
Fall Petitions: by the end of March.
Spring Petitions: by the end of August.

You may order an official transcript after you have received the above notification to show proof of your degree/certificate. Note: Certificates of Recognition cannot be posted to a transcript.

Denied Petitions: If your petition is denied, you will be notified via email of missing requirements and directed to schedule another appointment to submit a new petition.

When to Expect your Diploma/Certificate:

Summer Petitions: by the end of October
Fall Petitions: by mid-April
Spring Petitions: by early October

Diplomas/Certificates will be mailed to the address indicated on your petition unless you noted to pick up (you will be notified via email for pick up).

Items printed on the Diploma/Certificate are: Name (first/last name must match legal name on record), Major/Degree concentration. Items not printed on the Diploma/Certificate are: Honors and Phi Theta Kappa designations.

Change of Name or Address

If you change your address after you petition, make sure to notify Evaluations directly since your petition information is maintained on a separate database. It is the student's responsibility to notify the Evaluations Department in writing if the name or address is changed. This will ensure proper delivery of the diploma/certificate.

Catalog Rights and Degree/Certificate Requirements

For purposes of graduation or receipt of a certificate from any of the colleges in the Los Rios District, students remaining in attendance in one session (quarter, semester or summer session) at any California community college, or any combination of California community colleges, campuses of the California State University, the University of California, or any regionally accredited institution of higher education, may elect to meet the requirements in effect at the Los Rios college from which the student intends to graduate as follows:

  1. Requirements in effect at the time of admission to a Los Rios college, or;
  2. Requirements in effect at the time the student originally enrolled in an accredited college, or;
  3. Requirements in effect at the intended date of graduation from a Los Rios college.

For purposes of this section, "attendance" means attendance in at least one session (quarter, semester or summer session) in each calendar year.