Reverse Transfer FAQs
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.
Does the degree-granting institution need to obtain an official transcript from the host institution before awarding an associate degree to an eligible student?
Reverse Transfer’s course and grade data exchange provides all the necessary student data directly from the host to facilitate credit evaluation and awarding the degree without an official transcript. The Clearinghouse, however, is not involved in the DGI’s decision, which may or may not also require an official transcript.
The typical minimum number of credits for an associate degree is 60. DGI’s can filter total earned credit hours for students they receive in their Reverse Transfer files. Some schools prefer to evaluate student who have not earned less credits so they can advise them on the appropriate equivalent course work required at the host to further foster Reverse Transfer degree completion. Other DGI’s prefer to increase the limit as they have found a greater percentage of degrees have been awarded to records evaluated at a higher credit threshold than the typical 60.
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 is obtained.
Eligibility requirements for reverse transfer degrees are handled between the institutions exchanging course and grade data. The host institutions only send student information via the course and grade data exchange platform.