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Rutgers Athletics Office of Compliance
Eligibility

Freshman Eligibility
All freshman student-athletes must be certified for financial aid, practice and competition by the NCAA Eligibility Center.  The NCAA Eligibility Center is the organization that handles all inquiries regarding an individual’s eligibility status.  Certification is based on the student-athlete’s high school courses as well as any standardized tests taken (i.e., SAT, ACT).  Information on registering for and being certified by the Eligibility Center can be found at www.eligibilitycenter.org

.  Further information relating to the NCAA -Eligibility Center and freshman eligibility regulations may be found at www.ncaa.org (Academics & Athletics/ Eligibility & Recruiting Tab).

Transfers
There are many rules and regulations related to the eligibility of students who transfer from four year and two year colleges to NCAA Division I institutions.  The details of these rules may be found at www.ncaa.org (Academics & Athletics/ Eligibility & Recruiting Tab). 

Continuing Student-Athlete Eligibility
To be eligible to represent an institution in intercollegiate athletic competition, a student-athlete must meet all NCAA eligibility rules as well as those of their college/university.  Generally, to be eligible to represent an institution in intercollegiate athletic competition, a student-athlete must:  (a) be enrolled in at least a minimum full-time program of studies leading toward a degree, (b) be in good academic standing as defined for all students by the college/university, (c) maintain progress toward a degree, as defined by the college/university and by the NCAA rules, and (d) be in compliance with all rules and regulations of the college/university, the conference and the NCAA. 

NCAA rules specifically define the degree progress standards that student-athletes must meet in order to maintain eligibility from year to year.  These include successfully completing a minimum number of credits each semester and each year and maintaining a minimum grade point average.  These rules are outlined in the chart below.

NCAA REQUIREMENTS FOR INITIAL ENROLEES AND CONTINUING STUDENTS

Year of Initial Collegiate Enrollment

 

Fall 2003
through
Spring 2005

 

Initial-EligibilityStandard

Entering Second Year of Collegiate Enrollment

Entering Third Year of Collegiate Enrollment

Entering Fourth Year of Collegiate Enrollment

Entering Fifth Year of Collegiate Enrollment

Current or new standard

· 24 credits

· 18 of 24 credits earned during academic year

· 90% of GPA for graduation - must be maintained both terms

· Six credits/term

· A maximum of six remedial credits may be used in the first year

 

· 40% of degree requirements

· 18 credits earned during previous academic year

· 95% of GPA for graduation - must be maintained both terms

· Six credits/term

· Declaration of degree program

 

· 60% of degree requirements

· 18 credits earned during previous academic year

· 100% of GPA for graduation - must be maintained both terms

· Six credits/term

 

 

· 80% of degree requirements

· 18 credits earned during previous academic year

· 100% of GPA for graduation - must be maintained both terms

· Six credits/term

 

 

 

Beginning in Fall 2005

New standard - 14 core courses, extended sliding scale, partial-qualifier status eliminated

 

Beginning in Fall 2008

16 core courses

Continuing Eligibility

Transfers
A midyear transfer is subject to the above requirements and is able to use transferable degree credits to satisfy the requirements.
A transfer student-athlete (foreign or domestic) who initially enrolls as a full-time student in any collegiate institution’s regular academic term on or after August 1, 2003, will be subject to the academic requirements set forth above.

Part-Time Enrollment
A student-athlete is responsible to earn 18 credit hours in any academic year in which the student-athlete was full time during one or more terms. Part-time hours may be used to fulfill this requirement.
Exception: A student-athlete who enrolls in his or her first full-time term of collegiate enrollment following the fall term will not be responsible for earning 18 credit hours until he or she has spent a full academic year at the institution.

Summer Credit Hours
Summer credit hours may be used to satisfy the 24-credit-hour requirement when certifying a student-athlete entering his or her second year of collegiate enrollment. Summer hours may also be used to meet the 40/60/80-percent-of-degree requirements.

Remedial, Tutorial or Noncredit Courses
A student-athlete may use remedial, tutorial or noncredit courses earned during his or her first year of collegiate enrollment and when certifying a student-athlete entering his or her second year of collegiate enrollment. These courses may be used to meet the 24 credit-hour requirement, but may not exceed six semester hours.

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