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Transfer Student Alliance

The Transfer Student Alliance (TSA) offers eligible students who intend to earn their bachelor’s degree at UMBC upon completion of their associate’s degree at a participating Maryland community college the opportunity to benefit from joint programmatic efforts, shared resources and other privileges while still enrolled at the community college. Upon initiation of transfer to UMBC, eligible students may be guaranteed admission, scholarship, and housing.

Steps to Earn Your Bachelor's Degree at UMBC through TSA

  • Enroll at a participating Maryland community college with intent to earn an associate’s degree
  • Complete 12 to 35 college credits at a Maryland community college
  • Earn a cumulative 3.0 GPA
  • Apply to the TSA Program
  • Receive admittance into the TSA Program

Pre-UMBC TSA Benefits

  • Access to UMBC/UMBC at Universities at Shady Grove facilities and campus services including the library and computer labs
  • Participation in student activities, including cultural and recreational opportunities
  • Concurrent enrollment at a 25% tuition discount for one UMBC course per term (not to exceed a total of three discounted courses)

Apply to TSA

While you are working towards your associate’s degree as a TSA member, be sure to stay on track to transfer to UMBC by following these next steps:

Apply to UMBC ($50 transfer application fee waiver)

  • Fall Admission (March 1 - Priority Deadline)
  • Spring Admission (October 15 - Priority Deadline)

Apply to UMBC 

Requirements for TSA Benefits at UMBC

  • Minimum 3.5 composite-GPA at time of application to UMBC (calculated based on coursework at all institutions attended)
  • Completion of an associate’s degree within four years of admittance into the TSA Program
  • Enrollment at UMBC/UMBC at the Universities at Shady Grove within one year of completion of the Associate’s degree
  • Submit final transcript indicating an earned Associate’s degree from a Maryland community college

TSA Benefits at UMBC

  • Guaranteed transfer admissions to UMBC (Transfer Application required)
  • Guaranteed on-campus housing upon initial matriculation at UMBC’s main campus (housing application required, eligible students may re-contract for housing for subsequent years of study, per the established deadlines of the UMBC Office of Residential Life)
  • $1500 merit scholarship for each of two years of full-time study (award can be accepted with other UMBC merit award offers)
  • Priority advising and registration on designated New Student Orientation

Frequently Asked Questions about TSA

To Learn More about the TSA Program, Please Contact:

UMBC Contact:
Nathan Fanning
Assistant Director for Transfer Student Recruitment, Admissions and Partnerships
Anne Arundel Community College Contact:
Patrice Lyons
Transfer Coordinator
Anne Arundel Community College
p: 410-777-2634
Community College or Baltimore County Contact:
Nicole Zairi
Coordinator of Articulation, Transfer, and Prior Learning Assessment
The Community College of Baltimore County
p: 443-840-4647
f: 443-840-4847
Howard Community College
Danielle S. Johnson
Academic Advisor, Graduation and Transfer
Montgomery College Contacts:
Germantown Campus
Anne Schleicher
Transfer Counselor
Rockville Campus
Joan Hawkins
Takoma Park
Jeri Gresham
Montgomery College - Takoma Park
Takoma Avenue & Fenton Street
Takoma Park, MD 20912
Phone: 240-567-3891
Prince George’s Community College Contact:
Vannetta Veronica Alford
Manager of Articulation and Transfer
Prince George's Community College
Student Development Services
Prince George's Community College
p: 301-322-0134