California Community Colleges Associate Degrees for Transfer

A Pathway to the CSU Degree

The Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act (SB 1440/Padilla) establishes a transfer Associate of Arts (AA-T) or Associate of Science (AS-T) degree for California Community College student and is designed to provide a clear pathway to the CSU degree major. The Student Transfer Agreement Reform Act (STAR) commences Fall 2011-12 academic year.

Students who receive a newly designed California Community College associate degree for transfer are eligible for admission with junior standing into the California State University (CSU) system. A student who has earned one of these degrees will not be guaranteed admission for a specific major or campus, but will be given priority admission consideration to the local CSU campus and to a program or major that is determined by the California State University to be similar to the transfer AA degree. Upon enrollment at the CSU campus, the student will be eligible to graduate with sixty remaining semester units.

For information on meeting the requirements for a transfer AA/AS-T degree students should contact their local community college transfer center. 

An up to date list of associate degrees offered by community colleges and CSU campus majors whose coursework align can be found on

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

SB 1440 Implementation Update 11.5.10
Joint Task Force Announced to ImplementCommunity College Transfer Bill
Historic Transfer Bills Signed Into Legislation by Governor