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Reverse Transfer

The National Student Clearinghouse’s Reverse Transfer platform is the first national automated solution that enables course and grade data to be transferred from a four- or two-year institution to any two-year institution in order to award associate degrees to eligible students. In Reverse Transfer, the two parties exchanging course and grade data are known as the host institution (the institution where the student is currently enrolled) and degree-granting institution or DGI (the institution that will be awarding the degree). A host institution can be either a four- or two-year institution.

The Clearinghouse’s Reverse Transfer service provides the first national platform for exchanging course and grade data between institutions. Since 40 percent of transfer students cross state lines, building a national platform facilitates the awarding of associate degrees between institutions located in different states.

  • Standardized data format to enable efficient course and grade data exchanges with multiple partners
  • Data validation to clean up host institution data before it is sent to a DGI, thereby addressing the data quality issue that exists between institutional trading partners today
  • If you are a DGI, you will receive current student contact information to address a common problem with current state-level reverse transfer programs: mailed degrees that are returned because they were sent to out-of-date student contact information
  • Host institutions can send all their reverse transfer academic data files to one location, regardless of the location or number of two-year colleges with which they partner
  • DGIs can download all their reverse transfer academic data files from one location at their convenience, regardless of the number of hosts with which they partner

That decision is up to the institutions exchanging data. Reverse Transfer’s course and grade data exchange provides the data directly from the host so it is possible to award the degree without an official transcript. The Clearinghouse, however, is not involved in the DGI’s decision to order an official transcript or not.

Like all Clearinghouse services, Reverse Transfer is designed to facilitate an institution’s compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), The Higher Education Act, and other applicable laws.

Obtaining and tracking student consent is handled outside of the Clearinghouse’s solution by either the host institution or DGI. Host institutions only send course and grade data for eligible students via Reverse Transfer once consent has been obtained.

Eligibility requirements for reverse transfer degrees are handled between the institutions exchanging course and grade data. The host institutions only send information on eligible students via the course and grade data exchange platform.

No, Reverse Transfer is free to collegiate institutions.

Submit your information through our contact form and someone from the Clearinghouse will reach out to get you started.

During the second phase of Reverse Transfer’s development, course and grade data will be integrated with existing enrollment and degree data to create a nationwide academic record data mart. In addition, students will be able to securely access all of their academic information online directly through the Clearinghouse. More information will be released as details emerge.

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Contact your registrar's office to find out how you can get a reverse transfer degree.