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TransferBOOST (Bachelor’s Opportunity Options that are Straightforward and Transparent) is a multi-year state-level initiative developed to provide students a three-fold transfer affordability guarantee and institutions with a transformational approach to postsecondary transfer policy and practice.

Amid the health and economic crises that are disproportionately impacting Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and underserved AAPI students and students from low-income backgrounds – the very students who are most likely to start their higher education pathway at a community college – clear supports and equitable pathways to complete a degree across multiple institutions have never been more urgent. For every 100 students who enroll in community colleges, 31 students transfer to a four-year institution. Of those, only 14 complete a bachelor’s degree within six years. Too many students are derailed from their higher education goals by unexpected, unaffordable, and untenable—yet solvable—challenges along their transfer journey.

TransferBOOST (Bachelor’s Opportunity Options that are Straightforward and Transparent) is a multi-year state-level initiative that will provide students a four-part Transfer Affordability Guarantee:

  1. Their credits earned at one institution will transfer and apply to bachelor’s degree completion;
  2. Their costs will be streamlined;
  3. Their time-to-degree will be minimized; and
  4. Their awarness of and participation in a degree pathway will be clearly communicated.

Drawing on years of furthering degree completion across the country, IHEP and HCM Strategists have partnered to activate institutions to rethink existing transfer policy and practice to ensure it meets the needs of today’s students, elevate transfer commitments, and reach students with simple clear messaging about affordable transfer pathways. After a rigorous review process, Arizona, Virginia, and Illinois were selected to pilot this innovative approach through a Transfer Action Committee in each state.

TransferBOOST is part of ECMC Foundation’s Catalyzing Transfer Initiative (CTI), a national shared learning and collaboration effort between high-impact non-profit organizations that aims to build, manage, and activate new ways to increase successful transfer of postsecondary credits and timely bachelor’s degree completion among marginalized racial and ethnic groups.


What is a Transfer Affordability Guarantee (TAG)?