What is TDG?


The Transfer Degree Guarantee refers to a guaranteed and easy transfer for students from a 2-year community college to a Louisiana 4-year public university. Courses are prescribed in the curricula to earn an Associate of Arts/Louisiana Transfer Degree or an Associate of Science/Louisiana Transfer Degree. If these degrees are earned and a minimum grade of “C” is achieved in each course, then all 60 hours of course work will transfer to a Louisiana public 4-year university. Students must also meet admission standards, especially GPA requirements, for their intended university.

Minimum GPA Standards for Transfer Students to Universities

LSU – Baton Rouge: 2.5

UNO, LA Tech, ULL: 2.25

Grambling, LSU-A, LSU-S, McNeese,
Nicholls, NSU, SLU, SU, ULM: 2.0

TDG is new to Louisiana higher education. Senator Ben Nevers sponsored legislation, Act 356, in 2009 which established the guidelines for the Louisiana Transfer Associate Degree, and the Board of Regents and Statewide Articulation Council have implemented these degrees and curriculums in the Fall of 2010.

The TDG takes the guesswork out of the transfer process and provides a clear path to transfer from Louisiana community colleges to Louisiana 4-year universities. Time and money are saved in the process.

TDG in 7 Easy Steps

Step 1 – Learn about the curriculum for the Louisiana Transfer Associate Degree by reviewing questions and answers in the FAQ section of this website.

Step 2 – Meet with your counselor or advisor and set out a written degree plan for the community college at which you are enrolled or considering enrollment.

Step 3 – Visit the website of the university at which you wish to enroll. Check out the AA/LT and AS/LT advising templates. Learn about GPA, admission standards and course requirements and recommendations for your major. (See links in Schools Participating section.)

Step 4 – Schedule the right courses at your community college and earn a minimum grade of “C” grade in each course and a high enough grade point average (GPA) to meet the admission requirements of your selected Louisiana public university.

Step 5 – Follow your degree plan and check with your counselor and/or the university’s transfer website each semester for updates.

Step 6 – Graduate with an Associate of Arts/Louisiana Transfer Degree (AA/LT) or an Associate of Science/Louisiana Transfer Degree (AS/LT).

Step 7 – Apply to the Louisiana public university of your choice. You are on the right path to earning a bachelor’s degree.

What Does the Louisiana Transfer Associate Degree Guarantee?

  • Admission to a Louisiana 4-year public university (you must meet that university’s standards)
  • Transfer of all 60 hours, and Junior-level standing
  • Completion of the General Education block, and
  • Equal opportunity to compete with ‘native’ university students for admission to limited access programs


What Doesn’t the Louisiana Transfer Associate Degree Guarantee?

  • Admission to every university or degree program: you must meet university-specific or degree-specific admission requirements (e.g., GPA, specific course completions, etc.)
  • That the courses taken for the Louisiana Transfer Associate Degree will meet specified course requirements for all university majors; you need to consult an advisor or the university to confirm specific requirements.


Completion of the Associate of Arts/Science Louisiana Transfer (AALT/ASLT) Degree guarantees that the student has met, in full, all lower division general education requirements at the receiving Louisiana public university. Graduates transferring with the transfer degree will have Junior status. Courses or GPA requirements for specific majors, departments, or schools are not automatically satisfied by the AALT/ASLT degree.