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January 17, 2016

NCAA Transferring Rules

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Below are the listed transfer eligibility rules for all three NCAA divisions. The final listed piece of information is a guideline set by the NCAA enabling student-athletes the ability to transfer and play right away. Ensuring that the process of transferring is followed correctly based on the division(s) involved, will allow you, as a student-athlete, to have the greatest chance of playing right away. 

Division III:

  • Affirmed by registrar or admissions that you were previously enrolled at that school in a minimum full-time load and attended class.
  • Attended any practice that the athletics department pronounced, even if the practice took place before the academic term.
  • If you are a transfer student from a 2-year or 4-year school, you are not eligible during your first academic year of residence unless you meet the specified academic and residence requirements.
  • Before speaking to other NCAA schools about transferring, the school must have permission to contact you before communication can occur.
  • To contact another DIII school, you must:
    • Have permission from your athletic director.
    • Fill out the Permission to Contact: self-release form allowing another DIII school to contact you (form is available on the NCAA website).
  • To contact a DI or DII program, you must have permission from your athletic director.

Division II:

  • Registrar or admissions must affirm that you were previously enrolled at that school in any term as a minimum full-time student and attended a class or classes while enrolled as a full-time student.
  • Athletic director from your previous school confirms that you attended practice that the athletics department pronounced before the beginning of any term.

Division I:

  • Registrar or admissions from your previous school must confirm that you are officially registered, enrolled as a minimum full-time student, and you were present on the opening day of classes.
  • Your previous athletic director must state that you attended practice that any staff member announced before the beginning of any term.

Division I & II

  • If you are a transfer student from a 2-year or 4-year school, you are not eligible during your first academic year of residence unless you met the specified academic and residence requirements.

Transfer Exception:

  • One-time transfer exception: if you meet ALL of the following criteria, you MAY be eligible to play at your new school:
    • You are transferring to a DII or DIII school, or transferring to a DI school in a sport other than baseball, men’s or women’s basketball, football, or men’s hockey
      • If you were never recruited by your original school and if you have never received an athletics scholarship, then you may be eligible to play right away
    • You are academically and athletically eligible at your previous 4-year school
    • NOTE: You no longer need to secure a transfer-release agreement from your previous school

Updated on 7/30/19 by Joe Pounders

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