Transfer from Current Four-Year Institution

Student-athletes at NCAA member institutions are not permitted to contact other NCAA institutions about transferring without first obtaining the permission of the athletic director at their current institution. Without such permission, another institution may not contact the student-athlete nor encourage a transfer. Furthermore, without the permission to contact other schools, the student-athlete may not receive any type of institutional financial aid during their first academic year at the new institution.

Use the following flow chart  to get an idea as to the requirements for practice and competition at a DI institution.

Two-Year College Transfer Regulations Before transferring to a NCAA school from a Junior College, you should be aware of the requirements: Transfer to Division I - Division II - Division III

Division I Transfers
View flow chart  for Division I two-year college transfer for sports other than football and basketball and for football and basketball.

The first thing you need to do is determine whether you would have been a qualifier or a nonqualifier at an NCAA school if you had elected to attend an NCAA college as a freshman. You can receive help from your high-school guidance counselor, a college coach or the NCAA office to determine whether you would have been a qualifier. If you enrolled as a full-time student at a two-year college during or after the 1994-95 academic year, you must register with the NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse only if you need to be classified as a qualifier (rather than the more restrictive transfer and eligibility regulations of a nonqualifier or partial qualifier). Each year the NCAA produces the NCAA Guide for the College Bound Student-Athlete, a brochure that lists all of the requirements to be a qualifier, as well as registration procedures for the clearinghouse. To receive a copy of this guide, simply contact the NCAA at 317-917-6222 or write to PO Box 6222, Indianapolis, IN., 46206-6222.

Nonqualifier/Partial Qualifier
(For all student-athletes who first entered a two-year college as a full-time student before August 1, 1996, and student-athletes in sports other than Division I football and basketball who first entered a two-year college as a full-time student on or after August 1, 1996)

If you were a nonqualifier or a partial qualifier based on your high school record and you wish to receive a scholarship, practice and compete at a Division I school immediately after you transfer, you must meet all of the following requirements before you transfer:

1. Graduate from the two-year college [Note: if you attend more than one two-year college, at least 25 percent of the credit hours you need to receive your degree must be earned at the two- year college that awards the degree.
2. Satisfactorily complete a minimum of 48 semester or 72 quarter hours of transferable degree credit [Note: For students first entering the Division I college on or after August 1, 1997, not more than 18 semester or 27 quarter hours of transferable degree credit may be earned during the summer and not more than 9 semester or 13.5 quarter hours of the transferable degree credit may be earned during the summer immediately before transfer.];
3. Have a minimum grade-point average of 2.000 in your transferable credit hours [Note: This requirement applies only to those students who first enrolled as full-time students in a two-year college after August 1, 1988.]; and
4. Have attended the two-year college as a full-time student for at least three semesters or four quarters (excluding summer terms).

If you do not meet all of the requirements listed, you will not be permitted to practice, compete or receive institutional financial aid during your first year at a Division I institution.

Nonqualifier/Partial Qualifier
(In Division I football or basketball, first entering a two-year college as a full-time student on or after August 1, 1996)

If you were a nonqualifier or a partial qualifer based on your high-school record and you wish to participate in the sports of football or basketball, you are not eligible for competition during your first year in residence at a Division I college (except as provided below). You are eligible for institutional financial aid and practice only if you meet all the of the following requirements before you transfer:

1. Graduate from the two-year college [Note: if you attend more than one two-year college, at least 25 percent of the credit hours you need to receive your degree must be earned at the two- year college that awards the degree.
2. Satisfactorily complete a minimum of 48 semester or 72 quarter hours of transferable degree credit [Note: For students first entering the Division I college on or after August 1, 1997, not more than 18 semester or 27 quarter hours of transferable degree credit may be earned during the summer and not more than 9 semester or 13.5 quarter hours of the transferable degree credit may be earned during the summer immediately before transfer.];
3. Have a minimum grade-point average of 2.000 in your transferable credit hours [Note: This requirement applies only to those students who first enrolled as full-time students in a two-year college after August 1, 1988.]; and
4. Have attended the two-year college as a full-time student for at least three semesters or four quarters (excluding summer terms).

Exception:
In order to be eligible for competition during your first year at a Division I college, you must meet the requirements listed above and successfully complete at least 35 percent of the course requirements in your specific baccalaureate degree program at the Division I college.

Qualifier
If you were a qualifier based on your high-school record and you wish to compete immediately at a Division I institution, you must meet one of the two options listed below before you transfer:

Option One:
1. Graduate from the two-year college [Note: if you attend more than one two-year college, at least 25 percent of the credit hours you need to receive your degree must be earned at the two-year college that awards the degree.]
2. Satisfactorily complete a minimum of 48 semester or 72 quarter hours of transferable degree credit [Note: For students first entering the Division I college on or after August 1, 1997, not more than 18 semester or 27 quarter hours of transferable degree credit may be earned during the summer and not more than 9 semester or 13.5 quarter hours of the transferable degree credit may be earned during the summer immediately before transfer.];
3. Have a minimum grade-point average of 2.000 in your transferable credit hours [Note: This requirement applies only to those students who first enrolled as full-time students in a two-year college after August 1, 1988.]

OR

Option Two:
1. Spend a minimum of two semesters or three quarters at the two-year college (excluding summer sessions);
2. Average 12 hours of transferable degree credit for each semester or quarter attended; and
3. Have a minimum grade point average of 2.000 in your transferable credit hours. [Note: This regulation applies only to those students who first enrolled as full-time students in a two-year college after August 1, 1988.]

If you do not meet all of the requirements of one of the two options listed above, you will not be permitted to compete in your first year of residence at that school. However, you will be eligible to practice and receive institutional financial aid at the Division I school, provided you are enrolled in a minimum full-time program of studies and meet applicable conference and institutional regulations.