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Getting Started

Are you ready to claim what’s already yours? Reverse awarding of the associate’s degree is a simple and easy process. Follow the steps below to get started…

Confirm Your Eligibility

Take a quick review of your community college and UMBC transcripts to ensure that you have earned at least 60 total academic credits, and at least 15 of these academic credits were earned at your community college prior to matriculating at UMBC.

Tip: Consider in-progress courses. Most schools will consider the courses you are currently enrolled in when determining your eligibility for the degree.

Submit the Request Form

Complete the short Credit When It’s Due Application to request that your UMBC transcript be forwarded directly to your community college for review and consideration of the associate’s degree.

Tip: For best consideration, submit the form by the posted deadline.

Wait Patiently

Carry on about your day-to-day studies and activities at UMBC as the degree audit specialists at your community college review your records for completion of the associate’s degree requirements. Processing time varies by community college. Check the respective community college timeline for estimated processing time.

Tip: Keep an eye on your mail. Formal notification of your degree status will be sent to you via email or US postal mail


If upon completion of the degree audit review, you have been determined to have met all the associate’s degree requirements, you will be automatically awarded the degree by your community college. That’s it. Let the celebration begin. Check out the commencement ceremony details and plan to take part in these special activities. Most community colleges welcome your participation in these special events at no extra cost to you.

Tip: Request an updated official community college transcript and make sure your newly confirmed degree is reflected on your community college transcript. Update your resume.


If upon completion of the degree audit, you were determined to have been just shy of completion of the degree, don’t fret. We have specialists available to assist you in strategically identifying courses at UMBC that will meet both your UMBC degree requirements and your community college degree requirements. Contact the Office of Academic and Pre-professional Advising and schedule an appointment with our Credit When Its Due Specialist.

Tip: Stay focused and keep your eyes on the prize. With just a little planning, your degree will be in hand sooner than you know.