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Transfer Center for Policy & Resources Reverse Transfer Program

Make it Count

Earn your associate degree even if you already transferred to WSU! You earned it, and through a partnership between WSU and the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC), you can make it official. You deserve it.

Did You Transfer Before Earning an Associate Degree?

Have you transferred to Washington State University before earning your associate’s degree? Students transferring to Washington State University from a Washington community or technical college before earning an associate degree will be able to apply academic credits they earn at WSU to complete that degree. Adding an associate degree to your college transcript will help build your resume, document applicable job qualifications, and provide you with the benefits and options associated with earning an associate in arts degree as part of the Direct Transfer Agreement.

WSU has partnered with National Student Clearinghouse to streamline the reverse transfer process. Easing the reverse transfer process will remove barriers toward student and institution benefits that reverse transfer can provide including:

Benefits to Students Benefits to Institution
  • Qualify for better paying jobs
  • Increase in two and four year graduates
  • More likely to complete a bachelor’s degree
  • Potential to qualify for more funding
  • Less likely to default on student loans
  • Streamline course data exchange with partner schools
  • Milestone accomplishment reflecting achievement they earned
  • Easily send data between public and private schools, as well as across state lines

“With an increase of anywhere from 5-18 percent at the state level in bachelor degrees at four-year schools, research shows that students who get degrees because of reverse transfer are more likely to stay and complete their bachelor degrees.”

Michelle Blackwell

Manager of Data Partnerships, National Student Clearinghouse 

Do You Qualify?

WSU has recently updated Academic Regulation 6 (Transfer Credit) and students who have earned at least 30 quarter credits/20 semester credits of transferable credit from a single Washington Community and Technical College are now eligible to earn an associate degree via reverse transfer. You must be enrolled at WSU prior to earning an associate degree. Eligible WSU transfer students are notified electronically in their myWSU Student Center “Tasks” tile about the opportunity to attain an associate degree by reporting credits back to their previous community and technical college. Students whose eligibility stems from an institution participating with the automated National Student Clearinghouse course exchange process  will have that options; students form institutions not utilizing the NSC course exchange will be routed to request an official WSU transcript be sent to their transfer institution.

WSU is actively working to promote the benefits of the NSC process (there’s no cost to students or institutions), and if you represent a Washington CTC, and you’d like to learn more about our processes please email

How Do I Find Out More?

To find out more, please contact the WSU Transfer Clearinghouse for guidance, and the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges reverse transfer contact list specific guidance on degree requirements and processes.