Reverse transfer is a process by which credits earned by a student at a baccalaureate institution that meet and complete the academic credentials of an associate degree at a previously attended community college are transferred from the four-year institution to the two-year institution; thus, providing the student with the awarded associate degree from the community college.

See article in CUNY Matters: “Taking Credit For Credits Earned.”

Frequently Asked Questions

Please note that the information below provides general guidance. It is very important to consult with your advisor.

Q: How do I know if I’m eligible for an associate degree?
A: If you are eligible, you will be notified by your community college and/or senior college. CUNY screens students to see if they are eligible.

Q: What is the cost?
There is no cost.

Q: How do I receive my diploma?
You will be notified by your community college when your diploma is available for pick-up.

Q: Can I participate in commencement?
Yes. You will be eligible to participate in commencement exercises, but consult with your community college about the specific timing.

Q: Will receiving my associate degree affect my financial aid?
Please consult with your senior college advisor. It is possible that your degree requirements may change, and you may need to change a course that you have registered for.

Q: Now that I’m a current student at a senior college, why would I want my associate degree?
The primary benefit of receiving an associate degree, even if you are currently working towards a bachelor’s degree, is recognition for work accomplished. You have already earned this degree! Further, you may receive additional benefits, which your advisor can tell you more about. For example, you make have fewer College Option requirements at your senior college.

Q: I’m still at community college. Why should I wait to get my associate degree before transferring to senior college?
There are many benefits to first finishing your associate degree at your community college. Students who complete the associate degree before transferring are statistically much more likely to complete the bachelor’s degree.

Also, if you first graduate with an AA or an AS, you will know exactly which Common Core requirements are complete (all of them), and how many College Option credits you will have remaining at the senior college (6).

Students who have completed the associate degree are guaranteed admission to a CUNY senior college, and admissions criteria and review processes are significantly different for some institutions, to the favor of students who have the degree.

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