INFORMATION FOR HIGH SCHOOL GUIDANCE COUNSELORS, ATHLETIC DIRECTORS AND COACHES
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National Letter of Intent (NLI) Website
Quick Reference Guide to NLI
Step-by-Step Checklist for High School Students
Division I and II Initial-Eligibility Quick Reference Guide
Division I and II Initial-Eligibility Worksheets
2013-2014 Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete
NCAA 2013-2014 Transfer Guide (Divisions I, II and III)
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***ELIGIBILITY CENTER ACADEMIC CERTIFICATION REMINDER DECEMBER 2, 2013***
***NEW LEGISLATION EFFECTIVE AUGUST 1, 2016***
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NEW - Initial-Eligibility Standards for Division I Prospective Student-Athletes
NEW - Initial Eligibility Quick Reference Sheet
NEW - Initial-Eligibility Presentation
NEW - 2012 NCAA Initial Eligibility Brochure
***NEW LEGISLATION EFFECTIVE AUGUST 1, 2016***
Students entering a collegiate institution on or after August 1, 2016 will be required to meet new Division I initial-eligibility requirements.
Core Course Requirements: Students must complete 10 of the required 16 core courses before the start of the student's seventh semester (or the equivalent) of high school. Seven of the 10 core courses must include English, mathematics and natural or physical science. The 10 courses used to fulfill this requirement and the grades achieved in such courses shall be used in determining the student-athlete's eligibility for financial aid, practice and competition during his or her first academic year in residence and shall not be replaced by courses or grades achieved in subsequently completed core courses
including courses completed after the core-curriculum time limitation.
Division I Initial-Eligibility Index for Qualifiers: The current index will be deleted and a new index will be implemented in which the minimum GPA standard for a qualifier will be 2.500.
Implementation of Academic Redshirt Certification Status: An academic redshirt is defined as one who is a high school graduate and who presented the same academic qualifications applicable to qualifiers except for the required minimum cumulative GPA and minimum combined score on the SAT and/or ACT. An academic redshirt may receive institutional athletically-related financial aid but may not compete during the first academic year in residence. An academic reshirt may practice only on campus or at the institution's regular practice facility during the first regular academic term in residence. An academic redshirt must successfully complete nine semester hours in the first regular academic term in order to be eligible for practice in a subsequent term. A initial-eligibility index (e.g., sliding scale) for academic redshirts will be established.
EFFECTIVE AUGUST 1, 2010 - NONTRADITIONAL COURSES
Courses taught via the Internet, distance learning, independent study, individualized instruction, correspondence and courses taught by similar means may be used to satisfy NCAA core-course requirements if all of the following conditions are satisfied:
- The course meets all requirements for a core course;
- The instructor and the student have ongoing access to one another for purposes of teaching, evaluating and providing assistance to the student throughout the duration of the course;
- The instructor and the student have regular interaction with one another for purposes of teaching, evaluating and providing assistance to the student throughout the duration of the course;
- The student's work (e.g., exams, papers, assignments) is available for evaluation and validation;
- Evaluation of the student's work is conducted by the appropriate academic authorities in accordance with the high school's established academic policies;
- The course includes a defined time period for completion; and
- The course is acceptable for any student and is placed on the high school transcript.
For more information on nontraditional courses click HERE for the High School Portal available on the NCAA Eligibility Center website.
EFFECTIVE AUGUST 1, 2007 - OFFICIAL VISITS AND WRITTEN OFFERS OF ATHLETICALLY RELATED AID
Effective August 1, 2007, institutions may NOT provide an official visit or written offer of athletically related financial aid to a high school or preparatory school prospective student-athlete until he/she registers with the NCAA Eligibility Center. A prospective student-athlete will be considered to be registered with the clearinghouse if the individual has successfully submitted the Student Release Form (SRF) electronically on the Eligibility Center website.
EFFECTIVE AUGUST 1, 2007 - FRESHMAN ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS - CORE CURRICULUM TIME LIMTATION
Effective August 1, 2007, a prospective student-athlete must complete his/her core-curriculum requirements not later than the high school graduation date of the prospective student-athlete's class [as determined by the first year of enrollment in high school (ninth grade) or the international equivalent]. Graduation from high school or secondary school shall be based on the prospect's student-athlete's prescribed educational path in his or her country.
If a prospective student-athlete graduates from high school within the core-curriculum time limitation, he/she may use ONE core course, completed in the year after graduation (summer or academic year), but not later than the end of the academic year immediately after the high school graduation date of the prospective student-athlete's class, to satisfy the core-curriculum or minimum grade-point average requirements or both. The prospective student-athlete may complete the core course at a location other than the high school from which he or she graduated and may initially enroll full time at a collegiate institution at any time after the completion of the core course. A prospective student-athlete may NOT use any core course completed after graduation if he/she receives institutional financial aid during the summer after the high school graduation date of his/her class.
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