nmarquez027 wrote:Thanks for the reply. Actually, my home University can provide me with a signed, stamped and envelope-sealed copy of the transcripts, the only problem is that they do not have the resources for sending this abroad. Would you say that if I email the copies myself my whole application could be considered as non-valid? Is it that strict? Also, if that's the case, should I have to contact each one of the University departments I'm applying explaining this situation?
Yes, you should contact each University
that requests a signed, stamped, and sealed copy of your transcript. You must follow the instructions or get permission for an alternative. In one sense, I think it is strict because some application systems will automatically filter out your application if it's not complete. However, it is also not "strict" in the sense that if you are able to explain your situation to the department, they will be able to find an exception for you.
But remember, you only have to contact the Universities that require signed, stamped and sealed copies of your transcripts at the application stage. Many universities do not require this official transcript just to apply....they often are okay with a scanned copy of your own transcript or even a screenshot from your online student record.
It's good that you can easily get signed, stamped and sealed copies of your transcript. You should let the schools you're applying to know this. I think one solution they might accept is for you to receive the signed, stamped and envelope-sealed copy from your school, and then put that entire sealed envelope into a bigger envelope and mail that to the school you're applying to. Or, will your own school send the copies abroad if you pay for the shipping?
However, this is all assuming that the main problem is that your school won't send the transcripts. Depending on where you are, it could be very expensive for you personally to send all these transcripts too! If you are facing financial hardship to apply, you should let the school know as well. They might offer more affordable solutions, such as accepting an unofficial transcript to judge your application and then only requesting you mail (or bring with you) the official transcript if you accept the offer. This way, whatever difficulty you have to face, you only have to face once.