Credit When It's Due

Earn your associate degree while you work on your bachelor’s degree

The Tennessee Reverse Transfer Program is a process that allows transfer students who are currently attending a four-year school to combine four-year college credits with community college credits to receive an associate degree.

3 Steps to Award Your Associate Degree:


1. Check Your Email

You’ll receive an opt-in email notification from your four-year institution.


2. Get Your Transcript Reviewed

Your former community college performs a degree audit of your credits and coursework.


3. Stay in touch

Your former community college will post degrees at the end of Fall and Spring semesters, and will contact you regarding the outcome of the degree audit.

Some common questions

You may have plans to complete a bachelor’s degree, and we certainly hope you do! By earning an associate degree, you become more marketable to potential employers, and can earn more money as a result of earning the degree as you work toward completing a bachelor’s degree.

Unfortunately, challenges arise that can disrupt your progress toward completing a bachelor’s degree. By completing an associate degree, you ensure that those credits don’t go to waste! If you earn an associate degree, you guarantee that all of your coursework transfers to a four-year institution in the event that you begin working toward a bachelor’s degree again.

As you fulfill requirements at your four-year school that qualify you for an associate degree by Reverse Transfer, you are simultaneously making progress toward completing your bachelor’s degree! Obtaining an associate degree does not change the courses or path you are currently on toward completing your bachelor’s degree. If you have questions about this, contact your current four-year advisor.

To be eligible to participate in the Tennessee Reverse Transfer Program, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a transfer student currently enrolled in a participating four-year institution
  • Have a minimum of 15 Tennessee community college credits
  • Have a minimum of 60 combined college credits

If you meet these requirements, you will receive an email from your four-year school with an invitation to opt-in.

If you meet the minimum eligibility requirements to participate in Reverse Transfer, you will receive an email from your four-year school with an invitation to opt-in. By opting-in, you provide consent to allow your four-year institution to share your courses, grades and transcript with your former community college so that they can evaluate your combined credits.

Embedded in the content of the email is a place to “Opt-In” If you click there, you will be directed to a page where you provide some basic demographic information and grant consent. Opting-in is simple–a click and 2 minutes of your time is all we need!

Reverse Transfer degrees awarded in Tennessee since 2015.