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Although each institution is different, transferring your course credits or associate degree can work well if you have planned ahead. By working with your advisor and the college/university you want to transfer to, you can make your transfer go smoothly.

Each institution publishes requirements for admission, general education and majors. You may consult the following documents and websites for assistance as you talk with your academic/program advisor at your college.

The Public Connection (revised Fall 2020)

Transfer In Iowa

Reverse Credit Transfer

Reverse credit transfer is a partnership developed by Iowa's Community Colleges in close collaboration with Iowa's public universities to facilitate the transfer of credits back to one of Iowa's community colleges for the purpose of providing an opportunity for students to attain an associate degree, diploma or certification.

The agreement builds on the many existing collaborative arrangements between the institutions that promote the success of community college students as they transition to Iowa's public universities.

How does reverse credit transfer work?
Iowa community college transfer students have the opportunity to participate in the reverse credit transfer agreement. Community college students indicate their interest, at the time of application to the university, in applying future credits earned at the university toward the completion of their associate degree, diploma or certification.

By participation in reverse credit transfer, the student agrees to have his/her university transcript sent back to his/her community college while enrolled at the university. The community college will then evaluate this coursework to determine if a degree, diploma or certification requirements are met. The community college will then make the decision as to whether a degree or other credential will be granted. Any credential will be awarded in the semester/year all final requirements are met.

The sending of the university transcript to the community college does not guarantee the granting of a degree or other credential. This is at the discretion of and subject to the degree and residency requirements of the community college, which is the associate degree, diploma or certificate granting institution.

Reverse Credit Transfer FAQ

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Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on September 27, 2022 at 7:10am.