Statewide Reverse Transfer

Transfer and Articulation

Statewide Reverse Transfer

June 2018


Statewide reverse transfer: Requires all public institutions to implement the process of retroactively granting an associate degree to students who had not completed the requirements of an associate degree before they transferred to a four-year institution.

Yes/No Description Citation
Alabama No Has a memorandum of understanding by and between the Alabama Community College System collegs and universities within the state of Alabama who elect to participate in the exchange of information providing seamless transfer process for students meeting criteria for the completion of their approved associate degree. Participation is voluntary so not considered a statewide policy.
Alaska No Does not have reverse transfer policy.
Arizona No Arizona does not have a reverse transfer policy, however the public four-year institutions do have agreements with community colleges in the state to provide reverse transfer degrees. Students must have earned a total of 60 or more credits from both the community college and university and satisfy the community college’s degree requirements to be eligible for an associate degree via reverse transfer. Most agreements require students to have earned 15 credits before they transferred to the four-year institutions, however some community colleges are requiring a higher threshold above the 15 credits.
Arkansas No They do have reverse transfer but not through legislation or board policy. The state had a Credit When Its Due grant but no policy. Reverse transfer is run by ADHE, AATYC and ARC.
California No Does not have reverse transfer policy.
Colorado Yes Colorado Commission of Higher Education will collaborate with the boards of public two-year and four-year institutions to develop the reverse transfer process. To qualify, students must have completed at least 15 credits at a two-year institutional and 70 credits between the two- and four-year institution. Colo. Rev. Stat. § 23-1-131
Connecticut No Does not have reverse transfer policy.
Delaware No Does not have reverse transfer policy.
Florida Yes Students at state universities may request associate in arts certificates if they have successfully completed the minimum requirements for the degree. The university must grant the student an associate in arts degree if the student has successfully completed minimum requirements for college-level communication and computation skills and 60 academic semester hours. Fla. Stat. § 1007.25
Georgia No Institutions do use reverse transfer but it is not set in legislation or board policy. Also, only within the USG institutions
Hawaii Yes A student who is currently enrolled in a four-year campus within the University of Hawaii System and has successfully completed all program requirements for an associate degree will be notified of the achievement and once verified will be noted on the student's academic record. UH System Policy
Idaho No BYU offers reverse transfer but not through legislation or board policy.
Illinois No Exists at some institutions but no policy is in place.
Indiana No Currently instituiton level with individual agreements.
Iowa No They have an agreement between the four-years and two-years but it is not in legislation or a board policy.
Kansas Yes The institutions must work together with the System Council of Presidents and System Council of Chief Academic Officers to develop a reverse transfer process. The process and agreements must provide a mechanism for students transferring credits to participate and should include the opportunity for a student to opt-out. Guidelines should be created to decide which transferring institution will award the credential if the student transferred from more than one institution. Board Policy Ch. 3 Section 3
Kentucky No Done at the individual institution level currently. In the current Strategic Agenda for Postsecondary and Adult Education one strategy to be implemented will be reverse transfer programs across the state.
Louisiana No Four-year colleges and universities and community colleges are AUTHORIZED and ENCOURGED to enter into reverse articulation or reverse transfer agreements to facilitate the transfer of academic credits earned by a student while enrolled in the four-year back to a community college to award an associate degree. This is not a requirement so does not meet the standard for statewide policy. La. Stat. Ann. § 17:3161.1
Maine Yes A student who transfers to a University of Maine System institution who earned credits from a campus of the Maine Community College System, but did not earn an AA degree, after fulfilling the requirements may be awarded an AA either by the university or the system. The university and the system must work collaboratively to develop a procedure to enable reporting these students as having completed degrees. Session Law Ch. 368
Maryland Yes The Commission must develop and implement a statewide reverse transfer agreement where at least 30 credits a student earns at a public institution toward a bachelor's degree are transferable to any community college toward an associate's degree. Md. Stat. Tit. 11 § 207
Massachusetts No Have individual institution agreements as well as one between multiple community colleges and universities.
Michigan Yes Community colleges must work with public universities to implement statewide reverse transfer agreements to increase the number of students awarded credentials of value upon completion of required credits. The agreements must enable students who have earned a significant number of credits at a community college and transferred to a four-year institution before completing a degree to transfer the credits earned at the four-year back to the community college to be awarded a credential of value. Public Act 201 Section 213
Minnesota No The Minnesota State system does have reverse transfer set up however, their program does not include the U of M system. The U of M system has a memorandum of agreement with community colleges.
Mississippi Yes Have an agreement between the community colleges and all public universities to process reverse transfers. Students must earn at least 16 credits from a single MCCB college, earn at least 62 credits combined from MCCB and an IHL university, be in good financial standing at the IHL, and agree to allow the IHL university to automatically provide his/her transcript to a MCCB college. Mississippi Community College Board Policy
Missouri Yes The coordinating board must develop a policy to foster reverse transfer for any student who has accumulated enough hours in combination with at least one public institution in Missouri that offers an associate degree and one public four-year institution in the prescribed courses to meet the institution's requirements to be awarded the associate degree. Mo. Rev. Stat. § 173.005 Section 8
Montana No Does not have reverse transfer policy.
Nebraska No Legislation died because the state decided to implement the process outside of policy. Done at the institution level.
Nevada Yes Reverse transfer is a degree-completion opportunity for students who started at a community college and transferred to a four-year NSHE institution before completion of an associate degree. Course credits may be transferred from the university or college to the community college to meet the requirements of an associate degree. Board of Regents Title 4, Chapter 14, Section 18
New Hampshire No Does not have reverse transfer policy.
New Jersey Yes Each institution shall establish and enter into a collective statewide reverse transfer agreement. A student enrolled in a four-year institutions who accumulated a total of 66 credits between a county college and a four-year institution may be awarded an associate degree by the county college. NJ Rev Stat § 18A:62-46.1
New Mexico No Does not have reverse transfer policy.
New York No SUNY has a policy for SUNY institutions but not with CUNY institutions. CUNY has agreements with only CUNY institutions.
North Carolina No There is a collaborative effort between North Carolina's Community Colleges and the University of North Carolina's 16 institutions. Students must have completed 16 college-level credits at a community college that can apply toward a degree. All 16 or more credits must be earned at one community college. Must earn a total of 60 credits between the institutions that meet AA degree requirements. This is a state program so not statewide policy.
North Dakota No North Dakota State University and North Dakota State College of Science has an agreement but other institutions are not included.
Ohio No Credit When It's Due provides opportunity for students with prior college credit to be awarded an associate degree or certificate by applying credit earned before and/or after they began enrollment in a degree or certificate program. Participating institutions collaborate to exchange the academic records of eligible students with the associate degree-granting institution. Institutions may participate but are not required to follow the policy. Board Policy D.2.k.
Oklahoma No It is an initiative for the Board of Regents but there is no policy as of yet.
Oregon Yes The Transfer Student Bill of Rights and Responsibilities includes a process by which a community college can award an associate degree to a student upon completion of the required credits, regardless of whether the student applied to receive the degree or whether the student earned the credits for the degree at a community college or a state institution of higher education. Or. Rev. Stat. § 341.430
Pennsylvania No All 14 community colleges and 14 State System universities signed a statewide reverse transfer agreement that will allow students who have earned at least 60 total credits to apply for an associate's degree form the community college where they started. This is not technically a "statewide policy" as it is an agreement but all public institutions participate and it is considered a statewide initiative.
Rhode Island Yes Students who attend the Community College of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College or the University of Rhode Island may qualify for the conferral of the associate degree or certificate from the Community College of Rhode Island through the reverse transfer policy if they meet eligibility requirements. RIGL § 16-59-4
South Carolina No Does not have reverse transfer policy.
South Dakota No Does not have reverse transfer policy.
Tennessee Yes The community colleges of the Board of Regents (TBR) System are authorized and encouraged to enter into reverse articulation or reverse transfer agreements with the universities of the TBR and the University of Tennessee systems and with private institutions that are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The universities of the TBR and the University of Tennessee systems are authorized and encouraged to enter into reverse articulation or reverse transfer agreements with the community colleges of the TBR system. All TBR and UT institutions will participate in reverse transfer. As of 2016, the TBR governs community colleges and colleges of applied technology with all public universities now being locally-governed with individual boards. Tenn. Code. Ann. § 49-7-150
Texas Yes Policy applies to students enrolled in a general academic teaching institution who transferred from a lower-division institution, earned at least 30 credits before transfer, earned a cumulative total of at least 66 credit hours between the two institutions and has not submitted a signed consent form for reverse transfer. The teaching institution must contact these students via email or other methods to request authorization for the institution to release their academic course, grade and credit information to each lower-division institution the student previously attended to determine if the student has earned the credits required for an associate degree. If a student meets all requirements they are awarded an associate degree from the lower-division institution. Tex. Educ. Code Ann. § 61-833
Utah No However, in 2013 the Utah State Board of Regents adopted a Completion Resolution to encourage implementation of five key strategies including exploring feasibility of implementing reverse transfer/stackable credentials.
Vermont No Reverse transfer is done at individual institutions.
Virginia No Done at some instituitons but no policy exists.
Washington Yes Each state university, regional university, and state college jointly with the state board for community and technical colleges shall develop plans for facilitating the reverse transfer of academic credits from an institution to a community or technical college. The plan must include a policy allowing eligible students to transfer credits back to a community or technical college and procedures for notifying eligible students of their eligibility for participation in the program. Session Law Ch. 19
West Virginia Yes Establishes the process by which a student may be awarded an associate degree which was begun at a West Virginia public institution offering an associate degree but was completed through a West Virginia public four-year college or university. Student must have successfully completed a minimum of 15 credit hours at the two-year institution. All WV public higher education institutions must participate. Procedural Rule 133-60
Wisconsin No Reverse transfer is intended for students who transfer from one associate degree granting UW institution to another UW System institution without completing the associate's degree. UW colleges may enter into cooperating agreements with other UW institutions, but not required. Students must have earned at least 36 credits at UW Colleges. Does not require institution participation so not statewide policy. UW System Administrative Policy 135
Wyoming No

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