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Louisville, Ky (WDRB) -- Applying to college is getting easier. Across the state, high school seniors will soon be able to send electronic transcripts. JCPS is the first school district to make that available.
Nick Stringer will be a senior at Waggener High School. He wants to study marketing, business, or communications in college, but the application process just became easier for him and other students across the state.
Stringer says, "I can't wait. It's a huge barrier for us that we jumped really. I'm looking to apply to as many colleges as I can really, mostly Spalding, Morehead, Lindsey Wilson."
State and school officials just announced the statewide adoption of Kentucky's eTranscript program.
Students' transcripts will now be provided for free when being sent to participating universities like U of L and UK, and Eastern and Western Kentucky Universities, along with several across the country.
Derek Alamilla Utrilla, a Moore High School senior, says, "We can just send our transcripts online, maybe it gets to the college we want to in about a second. We don't have to worry about mailing it or about our counselors approving it or maybe losing the paperwork or maybe filling out the name wrongly."
High schools across the state will phase in the eTranscript program, with public and private high schools implementing it by the end of the year.
But JCPS will be the first district to make the system available. Training is underway right now and district officials say it should be ready by the beginning of the school year.
Students will be able to upload documents like letters of recommendation for paperless delivery and track the entire submission process.
Dr. Carl Rollins, the Ky. Higher Education Assistance Authority Executive Director, says, "The final approval of someone for admissions to a college or university is often tied up by the fact you don't have the final transcript or the transcript at all and anything we can do to make that easier is going to make it much easier on students."
Stringer says Waggener High School is like his second home. He loves all the improvements and renovations made to the school. "It really is making us college and career ready which is a big thing for high school students."
E-Transcripts will still cost two dollars for universities and colleges that are not participating in the program. Students will still have to pay the regular application fee.