About The Guarantee

The California Community Colleges and partnering institutions created this transfer program to make it easier for students like you to start at a community college, transfer to a guaranteed saved spot at a participating four-year university and earn a bachelor’s degree.

The Associate Degree for Transfer helps you find the path that’s right for you. Choose a degree and find the colleges near you to view your options. Then, visit your community college counseling office to learn more about how this program can help you get to your career goals in the quickest and most affordable way possible. Then, visit a community college counselor to learn more about how this program can help you get to your career goals in the quickest and most affordable way possible.

In most cases, if you complete 60 semester units (90 quarter units) of general education and -specific coursework at a community college and maintain a 2.0 GPA or higher, you will transfer to a guaranteed saved spot at a participating four-year university with junior standing. The Associate Degree for Transfer also provides you with eligibility advantages compared to other transfer students.

You can then earn your bachelor’s degree with, in most cases, an additional 60 semester units (90 quarter units). Admission will depend on your course of study and the impaction status of the campus. Each university guarantee is different in their eligibility requirements, so it helps to know what you want to study before you begin planning. For example, at a CSU, students are guaranteed admission into the CSU system in a similar major but not necessarily to a particular campus; at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Western Governors University and the participating independent, non-profit universities in California, students are guaranteed admission into the exact campus they apply to and to the major they want to pursue.* To learn more about each of these partner institutions and participating universities, visit the List of Colleges page.

*Please note: Since the agreement between the California Community Colleges and UC system was recently signed and does not take effect until fall 2019, the specific requirements are currently being defined and will be added to this website once approved. 

Prep for the Program

We have the resources to help you get on the path to your dream career, whether you’re in high school, community college or still exploring career options.

If you’re a current high school student:

Now is the time to start thinking of how your current interests might relate to a potential career. Your counselor can help match your interests with the major and career that are right for you. They also can help prepare and connect you with a California community college so you can get started today. Click here to see our High School Checklist Bookmark.

If you’re already at a California community college:

Head to your college’s transfer center or schedule an appointment with a counselor to create a step-by-step guide to meet your goals by taking the right courses in the right order. Start your Education Plan today. Click here to see our Community College Checklist Bookmark.

If you’re NOT currently attending college:

If you’re 18 or older, have a high school diploma or the equivalent, admission to any of the 115 California community colleges is simple. Enroll today at cccapply.org

If you’re a veteran:

For veterans returning from active duty, the Associate Degree for Transfer is a fast and affordable way to transition from military service to the job market.

More than 40 percent of all California veterans receiving GI Bill benefits attend a California community college to earn a degree, transfer to a four-year university or receive career training.

The Transfer Process

Since launching in 2012, the Associate Degree for Transfer program has paved the way for tens of thousands, making it the most popular and streamlined pathway for California community college students to earn their bachelor’s degree.

STEP 1: Start at a California Community College
 

Students working toward an Associate Degree for Transfer must complete 60 semester units (90 quarter units) of required general education and major-specific lower division coursework. To be as competitive as possible, keep your grades up and make sure you meet the admission requirements for the university and major that interest you, and submit all application materials by the posted deadlines.

STEP 2: Transfer to Your Saved Spot
 

With your Associate Degree for Transfer, you are guaranteed admission to a saved spot into a participating four-year university. This degree guarantees admission into the CSU system in a similar but not necessarily to a particular campus. If you’re applying to Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Western Governors University and participating independent, non-profit universities in California, you are guaranteed admission into the exact campus you applied to and the major you want to pursue.*

*Please note: Since the agreement between the California Community Colleges and UC system was recently signed and does not take effect until fall 2019, the specific requirements are currently being defined and will be added to this website once approved. 

 
STEP 3: Earn Your Degree and Start Your Dream Future
 

When you transfer, you’ll start at your university with junior standing. If you are admitted to a major similar to that of your Associate Degree for Transfer, in most cases, you will only need to complete 60 additional semester units (90 quarter units) to earn a bachelor’s degree. You will not be required to repeat courses that are similar to those completed at the community college. To stay on schedule, make sure you remain enrolled at your campus, pass all of your classes with the highest grades possible and follow your .

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