The Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act

The Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act (SB 1440 – Padilla)signed into legislation on September 29, 2010, enables the California Community Colleges and California State University to collaborate on the creation of Associate of Arts Degree (AA) program for transfer.

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California Community Colleges

The Student Transfer Achievement Reform (STAR) Act requires California Community Colleges (CCC) to develop and to grant associate degrees for Transfer AA-T or AS-T, with the following stipulations:

  • Completion of  60 semester units or 90 quarter units of coursework that would be eligible for transfer to the California State University, including General Education:
  • Completion of least 18 units of coursework in a major or area of emphasis as defined by the CCC
  • Earn a minimum grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 in all CSU-transferable coursework

California State University

A California Community College student who has earned the Associates in Arts degree for Transfer (AA-T) or the Associate in Science degree for Transfer (AS-T) will be granted priority admission to the CSU into a similar baccalaureate (BA) degree program with a guarantee of junior standing as long as the student meets all prescribed admission requirements.  Once admitted, the student will only be required to complete 60 additional prescribed units to qualify for the similar baccalaureate degree.

For a current list of all CSU programs deemed “similar” (regardless of whether the corresponding associate degree is offered at the California Community Colleges), visit the CSU Matches database, part of our Degrees Database.  Although this is the back end of a production site, no password is required.

SB 1440 does not guarantee a student admission for a specified major or campus, but requires the California State University to grant a student priority admission consideration to the local CSU campus and to a program or major that is similar to the transfer AA degree as determined by the California State University.

Senate Bill 1440, the Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act (STAR Act) Announcements and Implementation Updates can be found on the California State University Public Affairs page at