You did the work, you deserve the credit

Degree Within Reach is the State of Colorado’s way of describing “reverse transfer,” a new grant-funded process allowing students who have transferred from a Colorado community college to a Colorado university to combine credits from both programs and apply them towards an associate’s degree.

If you are a current or former transfer student, this means you can complete the associate’s degree metrograduationyou started at your community college while still working toward your bachelor’s degree. You could be eligible even if you left a four-year institution before earning any degree.

Thanks to a grant from the Lumina Foundation, the Colorado Department of Higher Education, publisher of this website, is working with the Community College System of Colorado and several four-year universities to target both transfer students and those who left school before earning a degree.

Through this program, students who have enough – or close to enough – credit to earn an associate’s degree will be contacted by the community college system, which will either grant you a degree or let you know how many more credits you need. This program is a win-win for students. There is no negative impact on your current academic standing, financial aid or anything else. It’s simply a way for you to get the credential you deserve.

The research is clear: a degree boosts earning potential and career opportunities.

This state-run program is bolstered by the 2012 passage in the state legislature of Senate Bill 12-45, which created a statewide reverse transfer program. The state’s primary goal is to boost the number of college graduates in Colorado to meet future workforce needs.


‘Reverse transfer’ grant announcement


Denver – Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia today announced the Colorado Department of Higher Education will receive $450,000 to help implement “reverse transfer” policies between the state’s public institutions of higher education as part of a statewide initiative.

The “Credit When It’s Due: Recognizing the Value of the Quality Associate Degree” initiative is designed to encourage partnerships between community colleges and universities to significantly expand programs that award associate degrees to transfer students when the student completes the requirements for the associate degree while pursuing a bachelor’s degree. This approach is commonly known as “reverse back” or “reverse transfer.” The Colorado Department of Higher Education, with support from College-In-Colorado, is partnering with the Colorado Community College System, Metropolitan State University of Denver, University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, University of Colorado-Denver as well as Colorado State University-Pueblo.

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