.13 Program Transfer Agreements.

A. Except for §§I and J of this regulation, this regulation applies to all institutions of higher education operating in the State.

B. Institutions are encouraged to leverage the use of Program Transfer Agreements to facilitate the transparent, seamless, and equitable transfer of a student from a sending institution into a specific academic program at a receiving institution.

C. A Program Transfer Agreement between two institutions of higher education in the State shall specify:

(1) The course(s) at the sending institution, including any minimum grade required in the course(s), that will be accepted for transfer to fulfill each degree requirement within the academic program at the receiving institution;

(2) Any other degree requirements, including, but not limited to, internships and other experiential learning, that may be completed at the sending institution; and

(3) If the receiving institution will accept for transfer any credit for prior learning awarded by the sending institution.

D. A Program Transfer Agreement may also include provisions regarding:

(1) Procedures for admissions, registration, and advising;

(2) Access to student services, including financial aid;

(3) Cost of tuition; and

(4) Any other information that may facilitate the transfer of academic credit from the sending institution to the receiving institution.

E. A Program Transfer Agreement may have more than one sending institution and more than one receiving institution.

F. A Program Transfer Agreement shall be signed by the president, executive director, chief academic officer, or equivalent designee of each institution that is a party to the agreement.

G. A final, signed copy of a Program Transfer Agreement shall be deposited with the Commission no more than 30 days after all institutions have signed the agreement.

H. Each institution that is a party to a Program Transfer Agreement shall include the full agreement on their website and in other publicly accessible sources.

I. A transfer student at a public institution shall be provided the same opportunity as a non-transfer student at the same institution to pursue the program requirements that were in effect at the time that the transfer student enrolled at the sending institution, provided the student has been continuously enrolled and has fulfilled the requirements of the corresponding Program Transfer Agreement.

J. A public institution of higher education may not deny the transfer of any course that is set forth in a publicly available version of a Program Transfer Agreement.