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.
2350 associate degrees have been awarded to students through Reverse Transfer through May 2021. Click on this link to see totals by year.
Am I eligible?
You may be eligible for reverse transfer if:
You have completed 15 credit hours at a community college in Colorado;
You have a minimum of 70 credit hours, including coursework at one of the participating four-year institutions (see list below);
You transferred to that four-year institution since Summer 2012;
Your completed credit hours meet the requirements for an Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, or Associate of General Studies, to be determined via a degree audit;
You have not requested that your data be withheld
You have not already received an associate or bachelor’s degree.
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.
How does it work?
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.
Why should I opt for Reverse Transfer?
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.
- Aims Community College
- Arapahoe Community College
- Colorado Northwestern Community College
- Community College of Aurora
- Community College of Denver
- Colorado Mountain College
- Front Range Community College
- Lamar Community College
- Morgan Community College
- Northeastern Junior College
- Otero College
- Pikes Peak Community College
- Pueblo Community College
- Red Rocks Community College
- Trinidad State College
- Adams State University
- Colorado Mesa University
- Colorado School of Mines
- Colorado State University
- Colorado State University – Global Campus
- Colorado State University – Pueblo
- Fort Lewis College
- Metropolitan State University of Denver
- Regis University
- University of Colorado Boulder
- University of Colorado Colorado Springs
- University of Colorado Denver
- University of Northern Colorado
- Western Colorado University
Read our FAQ and find contact information for each participating institution.