Reverse Transfer

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The Texas Reverse Transfer Initiative (TRTI) provides a streamlined, scalable solution to aid institutions in awarding earned degrees to students based on credits awarded by multiple institutions.

Reverse transfer of credits typically occurs when four-year institutions transfer earned credits back to two-year institutions in which students were previously enrolled. This process enables two-year institutions to award degrees that students have earned, based on credits taken at four-year institutions.

Reverse transfer provides important benefits for students, because students who receive associate degrees are more likely to complete bachelor’s degrees. In addition, earning associate degrees can dramatically improves employment opportunities for students who attend a four-year institution but do not complete bachelor’s degrees.

Launched in 2013 by Lone Star Community College, The University of Texas at Austin, the Postsecondary Innovation Network, state and national foundations, and the National Student Clearinghouse™, the Texas Reverse Transfer Initiative (TRTI) is streamlined and scalable solution to retroactively award degrees to students after they transfer to four-year institutions. In the TRTI solution, the Clearinghouse automates the data exchange between four-year colleges and universities and community colleges across the country at no cost to the states.

Since its launch, numerous other states, systems, and postsecondary institutions are considering adopting the TRTI solution. To date, at least four other states have started implementing this approach.

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