Transfer Services for Students
Reverse Transfer

Using this process, you can finish the degree you started at ACC after transferring to a four-year college or university. Credits you earn while working toward your bachelor's degree are sent back to ACC to fulfill your associate degree requirements.

Reasons to reverse transfer

  • The associate degree is a marketable credential for your resume and an important milestone in your education.
  • Employers value the associate degree as evidence of your commitment to expanding your knowledge and achieving your educational goals.
  • An associate degree can help you land a better job while completing your bachelor's degree.

How to reverse transfer

  1. See if you're on track for an associate degree
  2. Ask your four-year college or university to send your transcript to ACC
    • If possible, request an electronic transcript for faster processing.
    • Your transfer institution may charge you a transcript request fee.
  3. Apply to graduate
    • You will be informed by mail if you meet or do not meet your degree requirements.
    • If you are awarded your degree, you will be given information about attending commencement.

Say 'Yes' when you apply or register

ACC is working with other universities to create agreements allowing for the free exchange of transcripts. Give your permission to make reverse transfer a few steps simpler when this becomes available.

Simply click "Yes" when you see the following statement in the ACC application or registration process:

Reverse Transfer Agrement Screen
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Please note that the automated reverse transfer process is not yet available, but prepare by taking this important step!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is reverse transfer?

Reverse transfer is the process of awarding an associate degree to students who begin their education at ACC, transfer to another institution, and complete their associate degree requirements while working toward a bachelor's degree.

Am I eligible?

You must complete at least 25 percent of your ACC degree plan at ACC to be eligible. Your associate degree then depends on the course credit you earn at your four-year institution. This is evaluated case-by-case.

How much does it cost?

There are few costs associated with reverse transfer. ACC does not charge you for the reverse transfer process. Your transfer institution may charge you a transcript request fee. You also may require additional courses to complete your associate degree plan.

Which associate degree am I eligible for?

If you're unsure which degree you are seeking or are eligible to earn through reverse transfer, meet with an ACC academic advisor or counselor.

Will these courses apply toward my associate degree plan?

Contact the appropriate ACC academic department to review the courses in question and discuss ways to meet your degree requirements.

Can I take the courses I have left at my university, or must I return to ACC?

You do not have to return to ACC to complete courses if you can take them at your transfer institution. However, those courses must be transferable and applicable to the your associate degree. Meet with an ACC academic advisor or counselor to be sure your credits will transfer.

I already completed my bachelor's degree after transferring from ACC. Can I still reverse transfer?

Yes, you may complete the reverse transfer process using the steps above.

How do I inform ACC which degree I am seeking to earn through reverse transfer?

When submitting your graduation application in Online Services, you must indicate which degree you are seeking on the form. Be sure you're on the right track and refer to the above steps before applying to graduate.

If I earn my associate degree through reverse transfer, can I still participate in ACC's commencement ceremony?

Yes! Earning your degree is a major accomplishment. When you apply to graduate, you will get information about upcoming ceremonies, now conducted each May and December.

Am I guaranteed an associate degree if my university major is the same as the degree offered by ACC?

No. You will be awarded your ACC associate degree if your combined credits satisfy your degree requirements, and you meet all graduation requirements. Through reverse transfer, each associate degree is subject to the available degrees offered by the college as well as ACC residency requirements.

Where do I get more information on reverse transfer?

Visit an ACC Advising & Counseling Office for more detailed information.