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National Student Clearinghouse Partners with American Medical College Application Service for Secure, Instantaneous, Electronic Delivery of Applicant Transcripts

HERNDON, VA, NOV. 6, 2013 – Medical school applicants will now have a timely, secure way to deliver transcripts directly to the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS).

The National Student Clearinghouse® has enabled instant and secure delivery of transcripts in an electronic format directly to AMCAS. The Clearinghouse is the leading provider of higher education verifications and electronic education record exchanges, handling more the 250 million education record exchanges annually. AMCAS is a centralized service that processes the applications of all prospective medical school students provided by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).

The transcript delivery service saves medical school applicants both time and worry by eliminating the risk of mailed transcripts being lost or delayed. During AMCAS registration, the medical school applicant receives an AAMC ID and Transaction ID for his or her application. When ordering a transcript through the Clearinghouse, the individual is prompted to enter his or her AMCAS ID information, which is used to accurately deliver the transcript to AMCAS. There is no additional charge for this service.

“This is an exciting step for AMCAS and for the AAMC—introducing the acceptance of electronic transcripts will positively impact the application process both for our applicants and our operations team,” said Jim Hafner-Eaton, AMCAS Operations Manager. “We are pleased to be working with The National Student Clearinghouse to transmit official PDF eTranscripts to AMCAS. We look forward to continuing this already successful relationship for the duration of this application season and for future AMCAS application cycles.”

This partnership represents an expansion of earlier Clearinghouse collaborations with
higher education application services. This past spring, the Clearinghouse partnered with
the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) to provide electronic transcript delivery for law school applicants.
“Working with law schools and now medical schools to make the transcript delivery process more streamlined is one of the many ways in which we serve the higher education community and its students,” stated Dave Landry, Director of Data Exchange and Transcript Services. “We continue to work with partners and schools to substantially reduce the time and effort to process transcripts via secure electronic delivery.”

About the National Student Clearinghouse®
The National Student Clearinghouse (a nonprofit formed in 1993) is the trusted source for and leading provider of higher education verifications and electronic education record exchanges, handling more than 700 million verification requests and 250 million education record exchanges annually. The Clearinghouse serves as a single point of contact for the collection and timely exchange of accurate and comprehensive enrollment, degree, and certificate records on behalf of its more than 3,600 participating higher education institutions, which represent 98 percent of all students in public and private U.S. institutions. The Clearinghouse also provides thousands of high schools and districts with continuing collegiate enrollment, progression, and completion statistics on their alumni.

Through its verification, electronic exchange, and reporting services, the Clearinghouse saves the education community cumulatively nearly 500 million dollars annually. Most Clearinghouse services are provided to colleges and universities at little or no charge, including enhanced transcript and research services, enabling institutions to redistribute limited staff and budget resources to more important student service efforts. Clearinghouse services are designed to facilitate an institution’s compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, The Higher Education Act, and other applicable laws.

In addition, the Clearinghouse provides accurate, timely enrollment and degree verifications to student loan providers, employers, student credit issuers, the U.S. Department of Education, and others who access its registry more than half a billion times annually.

For more information, visit www.studentclearinghouse.org.

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