Florida's articulation agreement designates the Associate in Arts degree as the transfer degree. In doing so, the agreement guarantees that:
- State college A.A. degree holders will be granted admission to a university within the State University System, but not necessarily to the university or program of choice.
- Upon transferring to a state university, A.A. degree graduates will be awarded 60 credit hours toward the baccalaureate degree.
- Generally, the university catalog in effect the year the A.A. degree student first enrolled at the state college will remain in effect for the student’s entire program, provided the student maintains continuous enrollment as defined in that catalog and completes the program within the university’s specified time frame. Note: Certain changes in law may affect the catalog.
- Once a student has completed the General Education requirements and this is so noted on the transcript, regardless of whether an A.A. degree is awarded, no other state university or state college to which the student may transfer can require additional courses to the General Education requirements.
- When transferring among institutions participating in the Statewide Course Numbering System, a receiving institution must accept all courses taken at the transfer institution if the same course with the same course number is offered at the receiving institution.
- Credits earned through articulated acceleration mechanisms, such as dual enrollment, International Baccalaureate, early admission, Advanced Placement, and credit by examination, that are earned within the A.A. degree at the state college, will be transferable to the state university.
Students without an A.A. degree who are seeking admission to a state university do not have all the protection provided by the articulation agreement and may be denied admission or lose credit when transferring. In most cases, students without an A.A. degree will have to meet freshman admissions standards.