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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 affordable, quality, well-supported two- to four-year pathways.

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.

In 2021, recognizing that the need for clear supports and equitable pathways to complete a degree across multiple institutions has never been more urgent, IHEP partnered with HCM Strategists to ensure transfer policy and practice meet the needs of today’s students, to elevate transfer commitments, and to reach students with simple, clear messaging about affordable transfer pathways. The health and economic crises continue to disproportionately impact Black, Latinx and/or Hispanic, Indigenous, and underserved AANHPI students and students from low-income backgrounds – the very students who are most likely to start their higher education pathway at a community college.

TransferBOOST (Bachelor’s Opportunity Options that are Straightforward and Transparent) is a multi-year state-level initiative to provide students a four-part transfer affordability approach:

  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 awareness of and participation in a degree pathway will be clearly communicated.

After a rigorous review process, Arizona, Virginia, and Illinois were selected to pilot this innovative approach in each state. States and partnerships are now using TransferBOOST to provide affordable, quality, well-supported two- to four-year pathways.

TransferBOOST Affordability Financial Tool

To support technical assistance to institutions and state partners, rpk GROUP built the TransferBOOST Affordability Financial Tool. This tool provides colleges and universities with the ability to evaluate the expenditures and resources needed to support building more affordable transfer pathways. The tool also provides the potential financial return on investment to colleges and universities from increased student enrollment, retention, and completion through transfer, which in turn helps institutions determine the investments they can make to support the equitable success of transfer students.

The Transfer Affordability Financial Tool is designed to help institutional, system, and state leaders think more innovatively about how to create innovative, equitable, and affordable pathways for transfer students.

Learn how to maximize the impact of the tool and download it here.

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.

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