Reverse Transfer

Reverse Transfer

Reverse transfer is a program specifically designed to allow students who transfer to a four-year university prior to earning an associate degree to be awarded that credential while pursuing the baccalaureate. Texas requires public institutions to participate in reverse transfer according to specific guidelines set forth in Texas Education Code Section 61.833.

Following student consent on the ApplyTexas  Admission Application, university partners send a list of potentially eligible students and transcripts to community college registrars each term. Transcripts are evaluated and associate degrees are awarded to eligible students.

Benefits to Students

  • Transfer students with an associate degree are much more likely to persist to a bachelor’s degree.
  • An earned associate degree is an employable credential and provides a platform on which students can build on when they choose to complete a bachelor’s degree.Fast Facts
  • Students, their communities, the state, and the nation-at-large experience an increase in earnings and civic engagement resulting from higher educational attainment.
  • Higher education in Texas is now funded in part based on the number of degrees awarded; reverse transfer will help ensure that  community colleges are funded appropriately for their role in student success and attainment.
  • Awarding degrees through reverse transfer will increase public institutions’ graduation rates.
  • National and state data collection regarding student success fails to account for transfer students who do not earn an associate degree, but do move on to attain a baccalaureate degree; reverse transfer will help correct this gap in data and provide a   more  accurate representation of postsecondary success.Student Eligibility

To be eligible to receive an associate degree through reverse transfer, students must have done the following:

  • Transferred to a four-year university from a previously attended two-year college.
  • Successfully earned at least 30 credit hours of course work at the two-year college.
  • Earned a cumulative total of at least 90 credit hours for course work completed.

Texas Reverse Transfer Initiative (TRTI)

The Texas Reverse Transfer Initiative (TRTI) is a multi-partner, grant-funded project that was developed as a response to Texas House Bill 3025, which includes a mandate to identify students who transfer from Texas’s community colleges to universities without receiving an associate degree and evaluate their eligibility for that award.  The $1.3 million grant-funded project is supported by Lumina Foundation, Greater Texas Foundation, Meadows Foundation, and Houston Endowment, and is led by The Lone Star College System, The University of Texas at Austin, and The University of Texas System.

TRTI Partners

There are 20+ two- and four-year postsecondary institutions from across the state committed to TRTI in the first year of the project, and more will be added as TRTI progresses.

In addition to the funders, the following five foundations and organizations are committed to TRTI:

  • Texas Guaranteed
  • Educate Texas
  • Texas Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (TACRAO)
  • Texas Association of Community Colleges (TACC)
  • National Student Clearinghouse (NSC)


Credit When It’s Due (CWID)

TRTI is part of the Credit When It’s Due (CWID) initiative, a national grant-funded project that aims to implement and improve the reverse transfer process between community colleges and universities, in order to award associate degrees to students pursuing baccalaureate degrees.

As the principal for this project, The Lone Star College System aims to provide a scalable model that can be replicated by others for reverse transfer success.

Contact Information
To find out more about the Texas Reverse Transfer Initiative, please visit the Lone Star College System web site.