Tennessee college students to benefit from 'transfer down' plan

photo Chattanooga State Community College instructor Chris Willis, left, works on a media production editing assignment with students.

photo Drew Fry, a senior at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, leads a group of upcoming high school seniors and their parents through the Stophel apartment complex on a tour of UTC student housing facilities in this file photo.

Students who transfer into a four-year college from a community college will have a fail-safe in their back pocket, thanks to a new "reverse transfer" program.

The effort will help about 1,300 students each year who have completed at least 45 of the 60 credit hours required for most associate's degrees.