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Approximately 2,300 students transfer each year from Tennessee’s community colleges to four-year universities with at least 45 of the 60 credit hours required for most associate degrees. Estimates indicate that about 1,300 of those students may be eligible for a reverse transfer associate degree while they are completing their bachelor’s degree.  Initially, the reverse transfer process involved only the 40 majors in the Tennessee Transfer Pathway program. All other associate degree majors are being added.

Tennessee Reverse Transfer is part of a larger statewide initiative “Drive to 55”, which is focused on increasing the number of Tennesseans with post-secondary credentials.  It is a joint venture of the University of Tennessee System (UT), Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR), Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association (TICUA) and Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) that will make it possible for students who transfer from Tennessee community colleges to four-year institutions to receive an associate degree when requirements are met in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree.

Features of the reverse transfer program include:

  • An institution-initiated process (vs. a student-initiated process)
  • An automated reverse transfer credit-review system (degree audit)
  • Students can contact their former community college to find out what credits they are missing that can be shared with their advisor at their four-year institution to use in academic planning.

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Registrar/advisor FAQ 

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