Reverse Credit Transfer


What is Reverse Credit Transfer?

If you are transferring from an Iowa community college, or select out-of-state community colleges, and will not complete your associate’s degree, diploma, or certificate prior to entering Iowa State, Reverse Credit Transfer allows your Iowa State coursework to automatically be sent to the community college you designate for the purposes of completing your degree or other certification.  Transfer students applying to Iowa State University need to have earned 30 or more semester credit hours from the community college they most recently attended prior to enrolling at Iowa State. Students opt into Reverse Credit Transfer when they apply for admission to Iowa State.

How does Reverse Credit Transfer Work?

Community college students indicate their interest by answering the Reverse Credit Transfer question on their application to Iowa State University.

By completing the information on the application for admission, the student gives the Office of the Registrar permission to send their transcript (at no cost to the student) to the community college. The community college will then evaluate this coursework to determine if degree, diploma or certificate and residency requirements are satisfied.  

Therefore, it is important for students to work closely with their community college advisor (prior to attending Orientation) to determine which courses are needed at Iowa State to complete an associate degree.