The Lampitt Law: A Comprehensive State-wide Transfer Agreement
In September 2008, New Jersey signed into law a Comprehensive State-wide Transfer Agreement. This Agreement, which is also known as the Lampitt Law, is designed to facilitate a smooth transfer from a New Jersey community college to the New Jersey public four-year colleges and universities.
The Agreement provides for full transfer of the Associate in Arts (AA) and Associate in Science (AS) degree credits for community college graduates provided, the student plans to enroll in a coordinating major at the upper division college/university and, the student has followed certain recommended guidelines as are posted on NJ Transfer.
Please note: neither the Associate in Applied Science (AAS) nor the Associate in Fine Arts (AFA) degree is protected by this law.
While a county college graduate with an AA or AS degree is not guaranteed admission to college by this law, if the graduate has been accepted, then this law respects and protects those degree credits which the student has earned up to 1/2 of the coordinating bachelor’s degree. Generally that means a transfer of 60 – 64 credits maximum. More particularly, the law instructs the upper-division college/university to transfer the AA or AS degree credits to completely satisfy that college’s Freshman + Sophomore year core distribution. The county college graduate should expect to enter the next college/university with junior status.
There are of course some exceptions; upper-division majors which lead to licensed fields, and majors which are accrediated by an outside agency are not bound by this agrement.
You may read the full text of the law here: The Lampitt Law