Reverse Transfer (formerly “Degree Within Reach”) is a process that began in 2014. It allows students who transferred from a Colorado two-year institution to a four-year institution to combine credits apply them toward an associate degree.
If you are a transfer student, this means you can earn the associate degree you started at your community college while still working toward your bachelor’s degree. You could be eligible even if you recently left a four-year institution before earning a degree.
You may be eligible for reverse transfer if:
If you are currently not enrolled at your participating four-year institution but have been within the last two years—and you meet the above eligibility requirements—you may still be eligible. Contact the community college you attended to learn more.
If you are eligible for Reverse Transfer, beginning in November of each year, you will receive an email from the four-year institution you currently attend (or most recently attended). If you would like to participate, you will need to opt in using the consent tool included in that email. If you attended any other higher education institution, be sure to send your official transcripts to your community college so they can be considered toward your associate degree. Once your credits have been reviewed, you will be notified if you are ready to receive your associate degree or if you have credits remaining.
This program is a win-win for students. There is no negative impact on your current academic standing, progress toward your bachelor’s or financial aid. It’s simply a way for you to get the credential you've already earned!
Thanks to a grant from the Lumina Foundation, the Colorado Department of Higher Education works with the Colorado Community College System and every Colorado institution of higher education below to reach out to transfer students who are currently enrolled at a Colorado university.