Reverse Transfer allows former Ivy Tech or Vincennes University students to receive their associate degree while pursuing a bachelor’s degree at IU.
How does Reverse Transfer work?
Reverse transfer works by transferring back credits earned from IU to Ivy Tech or Vincennes. Once your transcript is sent to Ivy Tech or Vincennes, these institutions will determine your eligibility for an associate degree.
IU will first pull a report of all eligible students. Then, IU will send an email message to eligible students to see if they want to opt in or out to participate in the Reverse Transfer process.
Next, IU will wait 4 weeks for students to reply to the initial opt in or out email message.
IU will then send the students’ transcripts to their former institution.
After 2 to 4 weeks, the two-year institution will contact the student and determine if the student is eligible for an associate degree.
Once an associate degree is awarded, the two-year institution will send an updated transcript to IU to be added to the student record.
Reverse Transfer Timeline - Spring 2021
Below is the Spring 2021 timeline for the Reverse Transfer process.
On February 22, IU will send out the opt in Reverse Transfer email to all students who may be eligible. Keep in mind that you will until April 2 to respond to this email to opt in to be part of the Reverse Transfer process.
On April 7, IU will generate students' transcripts that have opted in to the Reverse Transfer process. The IU transcript will be sent out to your former community college (either Ivy Tech or Vincennes) for consideration.
Once your former community college has received your transcript, it is then up to them to decide whether or not you are eligible to receive your associate degree.
Am I eligible for Reverse Transfer?
In order for you to be eligible for Reverse Transfer through IU’s process, you must:
Have completed between 75 and 90 hours of combined transfer credit and credit earned at IU (or other institutions). Fifteen or more of these credits must be earned from Ivy Tech or Vincennes after graduating high school and before enrolling at IU.
Meet all admissions requirements at IU, including a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher from Ivy Tech or Vincennes.
Have not received your associate or bachelor’s degree yet.
If you are a student who is interested in Reverse Transfer and want to initiate it outside of the IU process, follow the steps below based on the institution you transferred from.
1. Ensure you are eligible for a reverse transfer. You are eligible if you have: 15 credit hours at Ivy Tech completed, a 2.0 GPA or higher, or have completed 60 credit hours or more through Ivy Tech or other colleges/universities.
If your former university or college participates in electronic transcript ordering, you may request your transcript be sent to Ivy Tech through email@example.com. The transcript must come directly from your college or university.
Please contact the Vincennes University admissions office at 812-888-4313 or email the office firstname.lastname@example.org. Ensure that you have your transcripts readily available as well.
Students who opt-in to Reverse Transfer do not need to take any further action.
On April 7, 2021, IU will send your official IU transcript to your former community college, either Ivy Tech Community College or Vincennes University. Ivy Tech or Vincennes will evaluate the transcript and contact you if you are eligible to receive your associate degree. This process may take 2 to 4 weeks. If you are awarded an associate degree, the two-year institution will send an updated transcript to IU and the associate degree milestone will be added to your student record. No credit will be added or removed to your student account during this process.
Reverse Transfer allows students at IU to earn an associate degree from either Ivy Tech or Vincennes while still pursuing a bachelor degree at IU. It is a great way to show a completed milestone while making progress towards your bachelor degree. Some students find having a completed associate degree to be beneficial in current jobs and/or when seeking employment opportunities.
No, opting into Reverse Transfer does not affect your program or standing at IU. Reverse Transfer is an opportunity to add another milestone toward your progress of earning a bachelor degree at IU.
If you choose to opt-out of Reverse Transfer, IU will not send your official IU transcript to your former associate degree institution. No further action will be taken.
No, the Reverse Transfer does not affect your IU credit or your progress toward your IU bachelor degree. All of your transfer credit should already be on your IU student record and processed. Ivy Tech or Vincennes will evaluate your IU credit and may determine some of your IU credit fulfills requirements to earn an associate degree from their institution. If you are awarded an associate degree, Ivy Tech or Vincennes will connect with you and send your official transcript noting this completed milestone to IU. IU will add the completed milestone to your student record. No credit will be processed and you will not lose any credit at IU during this process.
Former Ivy Tech or Vincennes students interested in Reverse Transfer who do not meet IU’s eligibility requirements may consider initiating the process on their own. Additionally, students who previously met IU’s eligibility requirements but chose to opt-out or who exceed the 90 credit hour limit per IU eligibility requirements are no longer eligible for Reverse Transfer through IU’s process. These students must contact Ivy Tech or Vincennes on their own to initiate Reverse Transfer.