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New NCAA Division I Interpretation: Football Additional Credit Hour Requirements — Effect on Academic Eligibility for the One-Time Transfer Exception and Athletically Related Financial Aid

On December 16, 2012, the academic and membership affairs staff issued an interpretation concerning additional credit hour requirements in football and the effect on the student-athelte’s acadmic eligibility and athletically-related aid. Specifically, the staff determined that “a football student-athlete who did not successfully complete at least nine-semester hours or eight-quarter hours of academic credit and/or the Academic Progress Rate eligibility point during the fall term but is eligible under all progress-toward-degree legislation at the time of transfer is academically eligible for the purposes of the one-time transfer exception and is eligible for institutional athletically related financial aid at the certifying institution on transfer.” The staff added, “a student-athlete who does not qualify for the one-time exception to a two- or four-game penalty must be withheld from the applicable number of competitions at the certifying institution in the next fall term.”

This interpretation referenced NCAA Bylaws 14.4.3.1 (fulfillment of credit-hour requirements), 14.4.3.1.6 (additional requirements — football), 14.4.3.1.6.1 (regaining eligibility for two contests), 14.4.3.1.6.2 (regaining full eligibility — one-time exception), 14.4.3.2 (fulfillment of percentage of degree requirements), 14.4.3.3 (fulfillment of minimum grade-point average requirements), 14.5.5.2.10 (one-time transfer exception), 14.5.5.4 (eligibility for institutional athletically related financial aid).

In light of this interpretation, the Michael L. Buckner Law Firm recommends institutions’ athletics compliance: a) include the interpretation in the next scheduled rules-education session for the athletics staff and coaches; and b) include the interpretation in the next scheduled-rules education session or target mail involving the office of the registrar and the office of financial aid.

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About Justin P. Sievert, Esquire

Bar Admissions (North Carolina, Florida and Tennessee) Practice Area (College Sports Law)

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One thought on “New NCAA Division I Interpretation: Football Additional Credit Hour Requirements — Effect on Academic Eligibility for the One-Time Transfer Exception and Athletically Related Financial Aid

  1. Michael:

    My son is transferring into a D1 program this fall and will completed over 24 credit hours as of next week. At last check, with the new program, it was reported that one or more of its current student-athletes will not meet academic eligibility requirements. Based solely upon this interpretation, how might the transfer exception apply to our son?

    Posted by Ton Timmons | May 1, 2012, 5:55 pm

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