NCAA Initial Eligibility Update

NCAA Division I initial Eligibility
CURRENT (16 core)  EFFECTIVE FALL 2016 (current high school sophomore) 
 4 years English  Same # of core courses
  3 years Math10 core courses must be completed prior to senior year  
2 years natural or  physical science   7 of 10 must include English, math and science 
1 additional from any 3 above These 10 course grades cannot be replaced (repeated)  2 years social science
    4 additional core from  anywhere    
Eligibility Index
CurrentEffective 2016
3.55400

37(10)

3.5558049(13)
3.0062052(13)3.0080066(17)
2.5082068(17)2.50100086(22)
200101086(21)   NEW minimum   
   2.30108093(24)
Qualifiers VS Academics Redshirts effective fall 2016
Qualifier:Academic Redshirt:
Achieves the new initial eligibility standardsAchieves current eligibility standards 
Eligible for:Eligible for:
Athletic AidAthletic Aid
Practice Practice 
Competition 

ADDITIONAL CONSIDERATIONS 

  • One core course may be completed in the year  after graduation (summer or academic year) 
  • Students with Diagnosed Education-Impacting  Disabilities may complete up to three core course after high school. 
  • College courses may be used as core if accepted  by the high school and are placed on the high school transcript 

NONTRADITIONAL COURSES
Courses taught via Internet, distance learning independent study, and courses taught by similar means: 

  • Must meet requirements for a core course 
  • On-going access and regular interaction between instructor and student 
  • Evaluation of student’s work is conducted by academic authorities 
  • Defined time period for completion 
  • Course is available to any student and appears on transcript 

CREDIT RECOVERY COURSES 

  • The credit recovery course must meet the NCAA legislated definition of a core course (non-traditional course requirements)
  • The credit recovery course must be comparable to the regular course in length, content and rigor. 
  • The credit recovery course should be clearly identified as such on the high school transcript. 

MISC. 

  • Effective September 1, 2012, the registration fee increased to $70 for U.S. 
  • EXCELLENT RESOURCE: NCAA Guide for the College Bound Student-Athlete