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Students who transferred to Chicago State University with at least 15 transferable credit hours from an Illinois public community college and did not receive an Associate’s degree are eligible to participate in the reverse transfer program.

Upon achieving junior standing (60 earned credit hours), students may apply to participate in the Reverse Transfer Program. The student may receive an Associate’s degree from the Illinois community college, subject to review of completed coursework and satisfaction of degree requirements by the community college, while continuing to earn a Bachelor’s degree at Chicago State University.

An Associate's degree is an important milestone in your education as well as a valuable credential to have on your resume. Employers value the Associate's degree as evidence of your commitment to expanding your knowledge and achieving your educational goals. The Associate's degree can make a difference in your long-term success in several ways:

  • Opening the door to better job opportunities, even while you're still working on your Bachelor's degree at CSU.
  • Is the nation's fastest-growing academic credential and employers recognize its value when recruiting and hiring.

If you transferred to Chicago State University from a community college without completing all the requirements for your Associate's degree, it may be possible to complete the credits you need using Chicago State University courses by reverse transferring your CSU credits to your community college.

The reverse transfer of credit option is available to any student who is currently enrolled at Chicago State University and has earned:

  • At least 15 hours of transferable coursework at any Illinois community college.
  • A cumulative total of at least 60 transferable credit hours, between the community college and CSU; while satisfying the course requirements necessary to be awarded an associate's degree at the community college.

Student need to complete the Reverse Transfer Agreement Form, to allow sharing of transcript information between CSU and the Illinois public community college. This form is emailed out to qualifying students twice a year. 

If you believe you qualify or have additional questions, please email: 

Note: Students with an academic or administrative hold at Chicago State University are not eligible for transcript release.