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Reverse Transfer

What is a Reverse Transfer?

Reverse transfer is a process where academic credits for applicable coursework at a university are transferred back to the community college for purposes of awarding an associate degree. In the past, most reverse transfer agreements were agreements between individual universities and community colleges, however in 2011, the Texas Legislature approved HB 3025. Part of this house bill became Texas Education Code 61.833 (Credit Transfer for Associate Degree) which mandates universities shall request authorization from eligible students to send an official transcript to the students’ previous institution to determine whether the student may qualify to be awarded an associate degree.

Student Eligibility Criteria

(per Sec. 61.833 of Texas Education Code)

  1. Student must have transferred from a public college, state college, or technical institute
  2. Earned at least 30 credit hours for coursework successfully completed at St. Philip's College.
  3. Be in academic good standing by holding a 2.00 cumulative St. Philip's College GPA
  4. Earned a cumulative total of at least 66 credit hours.
    1. Prior to the fall 2013 semester, eligible students had to earn a cumulative total of at least 90 credit hours.
  5. Students who are eligible and meet the above requirements will be awarded an Associate of Arts In Liberal Arts from St. Philip's College.

How to apply for Reverse Transfer?

If you meet the criteria above request your College Admissions Office send a transcript to St. Philip's College.

What are the Benefits of Reverse Transfer?

Benefits to Students 

  • Students are able to achieve a degree milestone while progressing toward their baccalaureate degree and can encourage further degree attainment. 
  • Research shows greater persistence in students to earn a bachelor’s degree in those who have also earned an associate degree. 
  • Students will have a marketable credential through the associate degree. Employers recognize its value because it shows a student’s commitment to improvement, education, and receiving training. An associate degree is considered to be one of the nation’s fastest growing work credential.
  • Allows for the freedom of early transfer, especially in academic disciplines which promote expedient pathways to the university (e.g., engineering, etc.).