Reverse Transfer at IUP

  • What is Reverse Transfer?

    It is the transfer of credits from a four-year institution back to a two-year institution where a student attended originally. It provides an opportunity for you to receive an associate’s degree once you have earned a combined total of at least 60 credits from both institutions.

    How does this program benefit me?

    If you are eligible, you can receive a first associate’s degree that accurately reflects your educational accomplishments and allows you to compete more successfully in higher education and the workforce. You’ll earn your associate’s degree even as you continue to work toward a bachelor’s degree or other certification or credential.

    Who is eligible to participate in this program?

    If you have transferred to IUP, you can benefit from Reverse Transfer agreements that have been established between all Pennsylvania Community Colleges and Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education.

    Students who begin their post-secondary education at a community college in Pennsylvania must have earned at least 45 credits, including those earned through Prior Learning Assessment (PLA), Advanced Placement (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), Credit by Exam, and the military before transferring to IUP, where they must have earned at least 15 additional credits, excluding remedial and developmental credits.

    IUP will notify students of their eligibility and next steps via university email.

    How will the degree be awarded?

    Qualified students will fill out a Reverse Transfer Agreement Release form, which will allow transcripts and contact information to be sent to the community college for review. Once that review is complete, the community college will submit a new student transcript to IUP that notes you received the associate’s degree.

    Who will determine a student’s eligibility for receiving an associate’s degree?

    The community college will review the eligible student’s transcripts and make that determination. It will use upper-level courses to fulfill the community college’s degree requirements when applicable. It also may determine if a student is eligible for an associate’s degree in a program other than the intended program of study, based on courses completed at IUP.

    Read more about the statewide reverse transfer agreement at the Pennsylvania State System website.