Reverse Transfer

What is Reverse Transfer?

Reverse transfer refers to a situation in which students have transferred to NAU from an Arizona community college without earning an associate degree. Credits earned while the student is at NAU are transferred back to the two-year institution for evaluation and, if applicable, will be used for an associate degree conferral.

• If you were a participant in the 2NAU program, credits will be transferred back to the college where you signed the agreement.
• If you had not participated in the 2NAU program and opt into reverse transfer, credits will be transferred back to the Arizona community college where you earned the most transferrable credit hours.
• Transcripts will be sent back to your Arizona community college if you have transferred to NAU with at least 15 credit hours, and the sum of the credits earned at that Arizona community college and NAU is between 60 and 100.


Why should I be interested in getting an associate degree when I’m already at NAU?

By taking courses at NAU you may have already earned enough credits, coupled with your two-year institution credits, to get an associate degree and you should get credit for it. While you may have the best intentions to complete a bachelor’s degree, having another credential is a good "insurance policy".


What do I have to do to initiate reverse transfer?

If you were in the 2NAU program, you don't have to do anything. You have already given consent. If you were not participating in the 2NAU program, but have attended an Arizona community college, make sure that you give NAU-CONSENT to share your transcript with partnering Arizona community colleges that you attended. There is no cost to you – we will send your NAU transcript back to your community college and they will check to see if you have met the requirements for your associate’s degree.


What if I previously agreed to NAU sharing my transcript with community colleges for the purpose of reverse transfer but want to rescind my consent?

You can change you preferences of what you allow NAU to share by completing an online form and submitting to the Office of the Registrar.  You can Opt-In or Opt-Out by completing the Reverse Transfer Form 


What policy guides NAU’s management of student data?

NAU strictly follows the rules and regulations of the FamilyEducational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)



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