Foreign Credentials Service of America (FCSA): Pros and Cons

Foreign Credentials Service of America FCSAForeign Credentials Service of America (FCSA) is a private company established in 1987 for the purpose of assisting individuals, corporations, and educational entities in the interpretation and comparative evaluation of international academic credentials. FCSA is NOT a member of NACES.

Note: FCSA is not affiliated with FACS (Foreign Academic Credentials Service)

Pros and Cons


  • Relatively quick turnaround, but exact time may vary depending on workload.
  • Rush-service available.


  • Relatively expensive at $200.
  • Original documents required. There is no exception to this rule.
  • Online application tracking service not available, but you can get an update via phone, e-mail or fax.

Submission Details

  • For CPA exam and licensing application, the documents must be original copy in university-sealed envelope.

Turnaround Time

  • Approximately 2-3 weeks (10-15 working days), but subject to existing workload.
  • Rush service: next-day and 3-working-day services available.


  • Detailed evaluation for CPA exam application): $200
  • Rush service:
    • 3 working days: $75
    • Next-day service (detailed/course-by-course evaluation): $210

Payment Method

  • Personal check, money order, cashiers check, or credit card (MasterCard, VISA, and American Express)

Other Information

You can check out the FAQ here.


Foreign Credentials Service of America (FCSA)
1910 Justin Lane
Austin, Texas 78757-2411

  • Phone (toll-free): (877) 553-4285
  • Phone (local): (512) 459-8428
  • Fax: (512) 459-4565
  • Email:

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