Degree Within Reach is the state of Colorado’s way of describing “reverse transfer,” a new process allowing students who have transferred from a Colorado community college to a Colorado university to combine credits from both institutions and apply them towards an associate’s degree.

If you are a  transfer student, this means you can complete the associate’s degree you started at your community college while still working toward your bachelor’s degree. You could be eligible even if you left a four-year institution before earning any degree.

Thanks to a grant from the Lumina Foundation, the Colorado Department of Higher Education (publisher of this website) is working with the Community College System of Colorado and several  universities to target transfer students who are currently enrolled at Colorado university and those who left school before earning a degree.

Participating universities include:

  • Colorado State University
  • Colorado State University – Global Campus
  • Colorado State University – Pueblo
  • Metropolitan State University of Denver
  • Regis University
  • University of Colorado Colorado Springs
  • University of Colorado Denver
  • Western State Colorado University

Through this program, students who have enough – or close to enough – credit to earn an associate’s degree will be contacted by their universities. If a student agrees to have his/her credit information sent to the community college system,  he/she will either be granted a degree or notified about how many more credits are still needed. This program is a win-win for students. There is no negative impact on your current academic standing, progress toward your bachelor’s, financial aid or anything else. It’s simply a way for you to get the credential you deserve.

The research is clear: a degree boosts earning potential and career opportunities.

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