1. What is a TAA?
A Transfer Admission Agreement (TAA), also referred to as a Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) is a written contractual agreement between you, De Anza College and a participating four-year institution. Students who meet and maintain stated admission and major requirements for a TAA are guaranteed admission to the designated TAA four-year institution. However, a TAA does not necessarily guarantee admission to a specific major, program or college within a campus. Additional selection criteria may apply and will be outlined in the appropriate TAA brochure.
Students preparing to write a TAA should meet with a De Anza College counselor or academic adviser as early as possible to select appropriate coursework and develop an education plan.
2. Which four-year universities have a TAA with De Anza College?
De Anza College has transfer admission agreements with twelve (12) institutions, including:
Participation by four-year colleges and universities with De Anza College is subject to change without notice. Colleges and universities may be added or removed throughout the year. Students should visit the Transfer Planning TAA-TAG website periodically for updates.
3. Is a TAA required for transfer?
4. Can I still apply to other schools if I write a TAA?
Yes. TAAs are non-binding agreements which means that you are not obligated to fulfill the agreement. Any student who writes a TAA may continue to apply to other colleges and universities.
5. What are the benefits of writing a TAA?
A TAA will help you better understand:
6. Who is eligble to write a TAA?
In general, transfer admission agreements are open to resident students of California though some UC and independent and out-of-state universities accept transfer admission agreements from International (F-1) students and AB 540-eligible students. Additionally, there may be restrictions for students who have completed coursework at a college or university outside of the U.S.
Consult the TAA flyer for the college/university of your choice or meet with a De Anza College counselor or academic adviser to discuss specific TAA eligibility requirements.
Students who are ineligible to write a TAA may still apply to the college/university through the regular admissions process.
7. I am an international student (F-1), can I write a TAA?
Several participating universities accept transfer admission agreements from eligible international students who transfer from a California community college.The universities listed below may accept TAAs from international students. However, additional requirements or specific limitations for international students may apply. Please review the respective TAA handout for students upon availability.
8. How many TAAs can I write?
When a four-year university requires a community college counselor's signature to submit a TAA, De Anza College students may submit a TAA to only one university. The following universities require a De Anza College counselor's signature on the TAA:
Community college transfer students may submit only one TAG to the University of California and must meet campus-specific admission and TAG requirements to be eligible. See the matrix and links below for more information about UC TAGs.
When a counselor's signature is required to submit a TAA students must schedule an appointment in the Counseling & Advising Center prior to the close of the TAA filing period. Students are advised to schedule as early as possible as counselor appointment times may be limited.
Currently, the following universities require a De Anza College counselor's signature as part of the TAA submission process: CSU Monterey Bay , The National Hispanic University, and the University of the Pacific. Participating schools that do not require a counselor's signature include: Cogswell Polytechnical College and Kettering University.
The following UC campuses participate in the TAG program:
For four-year institutions that do not require a community college counselor's signature, there is no limit on the number of TAAs that a student may submit. The following institutions do not require a community college counselor's signature:
9. When do I write a TAA?
In general, if you plan to write a TAA for a CSU or UC campus the TAG is written one year before you plan to transfer. If you are writing a TAA for a California private school or out-of-state institution, TAA contract deadlines tend to be closer to the term in which you will transfer.
Deadlines for writing and submitting a TAA vary by institution. See the Transfer Planning TAA-TAG website for specific TAA filing periods. Participating TAA institutions may include supplemental TAA deadlines or procedures which, if applicable, will be included in the respective TAA flyer.
10. What are the procedures for writing a TAA?
TAA procedures and submission methods vary by four-year institution and by De Anza College student service program. However, general TAA guidelines and requirements are available on the Transfer Planning TAA-TAG website. Printed TAA materials may also be available in the Counseling and Advising Center, Transfer Center or in your student support program office. Consult with your program counselor for more information.
To ensure a counselor's review, if necessary, and that you accurately submit your TAA, students in Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) and International Students Program (ISP) must follow program-specific TAG procedures. Contact the EOPS and ISP Offices for more information.
For TAAs that require community college approval/signature, students must schedule an appointment with a counselor, which can be scheduled through the De Anza College Counseling and Advising Center.
11. What do I need to bring with me when I write a TAA?
In general, you should bring the following documents to a TAA appointment:
12. What happens after I write a TAA?
If appropriate, your signed and completed TAA contract will be forwarded to the De Anza College Articulation Officer to confirm eligibility and then submitted to the TAA institution for final approval. If a TAA does not require a De Anza College counselor's signature, you should be contacted directly by the college or university with additional information and instructions. Generally, you should expect a response and conditional admission from the college or university between 4 to 6 weeks after the official TAA deadline passes.
Since most transfer institutions send correspondence to students by e-mail it is important to check your e-mail messages regularly and to keep your account up to date. If you do not receive any correspondence from the university you should notify the counselor who wrote your TAA to determine the status of your TAA.
Yes. Students who submit a TAA must also submit an official application for admission to the college or university and pay the application fee, if required, during the appropriate application filing period.
14. What happens if I change my mind and decide to go to another university?
It is always a good idea to carefully read all documents that sent to you after submitting your TAA for specific instructions. TAAs are non-binding agreements which means that you are not obligated to attend the TAA institution should you change your mind.
However, you should notify De Anza College and/or the university if you decide to cancel your TAA.
Information is posted on the Transfer Planning TAA-TAG website which provides an overview of TAA requirements as well as links to campus-specific TAA flyers and websites.
Disclaimer: The final responsibility for successful transfer rests with the student. The information posted on the De Anza College Transfer Planning Web site is designed to assist you in obtaining the most accurate information possible. However, this information is subject to change without notice, which may subsequently impact your admission to the University.
Students are encouraged to meet as early as possible and periodically with a counselor or academic adviser both at De Anza College and at the transfer institution to confirm your choice of classes and to develop an education plan for transfer.