Commonwealth Transfer Compact


(Effective January 1990 for students entering public two year colleges with a January 1992 effective date for students transferring into public four year colleges)

Requirements for Transfer Compact Status

(Section I)

A student shall be eligible for Transfer Compact status if he or she has met the following requirements:

  1. Completed an Associate Degree with a minimum of 60 credit hours exclusive of developmental course work.
  2. Achieved a cumulative grade point average of not less than 2.0 (in a' 4.0 system) at the community college awarding the degree.
  3. Completed the following minimum general education core, exclusive of developmental course work:
    • English Composition/Writing 6 credit hours
    • Behavior and Social Sciences 9 credit hours
    • Humanities and Fine Arts 9 credit hours
    • Natural or Physical Science 8 credit hours
    • Mathematics 3 credit hours

The sending institution is responsible for identifying the transcript of each student who is a candidate for transfer under this compact.

Credits to be Transferred

(Section II)

The 35 credits in general education specified in Section I will be applied toward the fulfillment of the receiving institution's general education requirements.

A minimum of 25 additional credits will be accepted as transfer credits by the receiving institution. These credits may be transferred as free electives, toward the receiving institution's additional general education requirements, towards the student's major, or in any combination, as the receiving institution deems appropriate.

Only college-level course credits consistent with the standards set forth in the Undergraduate Experience recommendations are included under this compact. Credits awarded by the sending institution through CLEP, challenge examinations, and other life-experience evaluations for course credit may be included when the community college certifies that a student qualifies under this compact.

Credits Beyond the Associates Degree

(Section III)

To complete the baccalaureate degree, a student who transfers under this compact may be required to take no more than 68 additional credits unless:

  1. The student changes his or her program upon entering the receiving institution, or
  2. The combination of additional general education requirements, if any, and the requirements of the student's major at the receiving institution total more than 68 credits.

Under these circumstances, transfer students will be subject to the same requirements as native students. (The term "native student" refers to students who began their undergraduate education at the baccalaureate institution.)

Admission to competitive Majors or Programs

(Section IV)

If because of space or fiscal limitations the receiving institution does not admit all qualified applicants to a given major or program, the receiving institution will use the same criteria for applicants who are transfer students under this Compact as it does for its native students.

Transfer Coordinating Committee

(Section V)

A Transfer Coordinating Committee, convened by Board of Regents, will monitor use of the Transfer Compact, resolve appeals as they pertain to the provisions in this document, and collect and analyze relevant data.

Publication of Requirements

(Section VI)

Each public college and university shall include in its official undergraduate catalog the provisions of the Commonwealth Transfer Compact. A transfer student may not be held to any degree requirements at the receiving institution that were established less than three years prior to transfer admission.

Transfer Records

(Section VII)

The student with Transfer Compact status will be furnished by the receiving institution a list of courses to be fulfilled to earn a bachelors degree no later than the end of the semester the student enrolls. With the agreement of the student, a copy will be provided to the Transfer Officer at the sending community college.

Transfer Officer

(Section VIII)

The President or Chancellor of each public institution of higher educaton will identify an individual who serves at that institution's Transfer Officer. The Transfer Officer's responsibility will be to assist students with transfer activities.

Student Appeals

(Section IX)

A student who believes that the provisions of this compact have not been applied fairly to his/her transfer application has the right to appeal. Initially, differences of interpretation regarding the award of transfer credit shall be resolved between the student and the institution to which he/she is transferring. If the difference remains unresolved, the student shall present his/her evaluation of the situation to the institution from which the student is transferring. Representatives from the two institutions shall then have the opportunity to resolve the differences.

In the absence of a satisfactory resolution, differences on interpretation may be presented to the Transfer Coordinating Committee.

Effective Date

(Section X)

The effective date of this compact is January 1990 for students entering public two year colleges with a January 1992 with a January 1992 date for students transferring into public four year colleges.