Degree Within Reach is the state of Colorado’s way of describing “reverse transfer,” a process which began in 2014 that allows 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 earn 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 recently left a four-year institution before earning a degree. Your participating four-year institution will contact you if you are eligible. Visit the “Student” tab above for more eligibility details.

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 all the Colorado institutions of higher education listed below to target transfer students who are currently enrolled at a Colorado university and also those who recently left before earning a degree.

Participating institutions of higher education include:

  • Adams State University
  • Aims Community College
  • Colorado Community College System (All 13 Colleges)
  • Colorado Mesa University
  • Colorado Mountain College
  • Colorado School of Mines
  • Colorado State University
  • Colorado State University – Global Campus
  • Colorado State University – Pueblo
  • Fort Lewis College
  • Metropolitan State University of Denver
  • Regis University
  • University of Colorado Boulder
  • University of Colorado Colorado Springs
  • University of Colorado Denver
  • University of Northern Colorado
  • Western State Colorado University

Through this program, students who appear to have 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 their former community college,  she/he will either be notified that they will be granted a degree or 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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