The end of a transfer guarantee

High-achieving community college students in the San Diego area have been guaranteed a spot at University of California in San Diego. No more. UCSD will end the transfer guarantee for students at Palomar, MiraCosta and other community colleges, reports the North County Times.

The transfer admission guarantee, or “TAG” agreement, allows community college students with grade point averages of 3.5 or better to secure guaranteed admission to UCSD, as long as they meet certain deadlines and coursework requirements.

However, citing increased competition among transfers and a funding shortfall, university officials said they will discontinue the agreement in 2014. Community college students can still apply to transfer to the university, but won’t receive guaranteed admission through the program after that year.

Eight UC campuses currently offer transfer guarantees, though the requirements vary from a minimum GPA of 2.8 to 3.0 for UC Merced, to 3.5 for UCSD. The state’s higher education system is suffering from high demand and less state funding.