Options for NCAA Division I Non-Qualifiers

Dear Eligibility Coach:

The NCAA Eligibility Center informed us that my son is a final non-qualifier for Division I. What options does he have if he still wants to compete in college athletics?

Dear Parent:

Final non-qualifiers for NCAA Division I schools may still

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attend the Division I school, but may not practice with the team, compete or receive athletics financial aid in the first year of attendance. However, if your son qualifies for any need-based aid, such as Pell Grants, he will still be able to accept that money.

Your son has five options:

(1) Attend the university that recruited him and have the family incur all costs of his first year of attendance. After sitting a year in residence, as long as your son meets NCAA continuing eligibility requirements, he will be able to practice, compete and receive an athletic scholarship for his second year of school. Be sure to check with the head coach and athletic director to determine if the coach will be able to provide an athletic scholarship to your son for his second year of enrollment. With this

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first option, your son will only have three years of athletic eligibility to compete at the university. However, if he remains academically

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eligible, there is an opportunity for him to regain his fourth year of competitive eligibility.

(2) Speak with the compliance officer of the university that recruited him to see if the athletics department is willing to submit an initial eligibility waiver to the NCAA. When student-athletes are very close to meeting eligibility requirements and can show they are academically prepared for college, it may be possible to get part of the penalty waived. For example, your son may be allowed to receive an athletic scholarship, but not allowed to practice with the team. NOTE: Only universities may request waivers from the NCAA. Waivers may not be requested by individual students.

(3) Attend a two-year college. As a non-qualifier, the decision to attend a two-year college means your son must graduate from that two-year college before being eligible to attend an NCAA university on athletics scholarship.

(4) Attend an NCAA Division II University. The NCAA Eligibility Center provides academic certification for both Division I and Division II schools. Since the initial eligibility requirements are different, it may be possible for your son to be certified to compete at a Division II school immediately.

(5) Attend a school that is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics [NAIA]. The NAIA has a separate and distinct certification process from the NCAA. If may be possible for your son to be certified to receive an athletic scholarship at an NAIA school. Go to http://www.playnaia.com for more information. Good luck.

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18 Responses to Options for NCAA Division I Non-Qualifiers

  1. ntlia July 1, 2012 at 12:39 am #

    Hello, I have a difficult question about my eligibility on NCAA and I really your need help.: My case is, I have been attending a JC for 1 year and I tried to transfer to a D1 school that has offered me a full scholarship. My eligibility on NCAA after getting all the documentations done was then certified as non-qualifier for D1 and qualifier for D2. How can I become eligible to go to this D1 school in the following year? At this moment, I am enrolled with the same JC and I will finish up the 2 yrs and get my Associates degree. What would be the next step I would have to do to become eligible? I relly need yur help I cant lose this life opportunity. Please help me

    • Eligibility Coach August 18, 2012 at 12:24 am #

      Complete all of your coursework and receive your Associate’s Degree. Contact the athletic academic advisor at the university that offered you the full scholarship and ask for a degree audit to make sure you understand exactly how many credit hours will be transferable from the junior college to the four-year college to make sure you will meet all progress toward degree requirements.

  2. matt July 26, 2012 at 2:21 pm #

    What is the likely hood of the waiver being approved with no penalties or at all. My son is missing 1 core unit in the 4 extra core category. He had taken Spanish 101 at a local cc his Fr-soph summer only now to find out its not approved. We had no idea he was short until now. Would it be better to take the right class at a local JC and then have the D1school ask for a waiver the next year, I don't want to mess this up. Seems complicated. And a paper work night mare. And now time is short. I don't want him to enroll in the D1 School and have it denied and now he can never play Div1. How long does it take to find out if they approve it from the time it’s submitted? We only have about 2 weeks before classes start to make a decision and don't want to make the wrong one.

  3. D.Northern August 10, 2012 at 6:31 am #

    My son is currently enrolled at a D2 university. his eligibility stataus is a non-qualifier he can not compete, practice or recieve finacial aid at this D2 school, he accepts that.
    moving forward.after completeing his freshman year at his current D2 university and at years end and he is in good academic standing. can he transfer to another D2 university
    without sitting out a year. or do the transfer rules sitting out a year still apply. He is technically not a student athlete. The coach and I did exchange e-mails. the coach was
    enthusiastict about my son until he was considered a non-qualifier. I undrsstand that. simply put what are the transfer rules regarding my son in good academic standing
    at the end of his freshmen year after being a non-qualifer, then transfering to another D2 university for his sophmore year thanks,

    • Eligibilty Coach August 10, 2012 at 4:30 pm #

      What is your son's sport?

      • D.Northern August 22, 2012 at 5:05 am #

        Ttack and field 100m and 200m 4×100 relay

        • Eligibility Coach September 1, 2012 at 3:03 pm #

          Track and field is one of the sports that is eligible for the one-time transfer exception. Have the new institution send a tracer to the original institution. Make a request to the original institution, in writing, to be released to the new school and ask if there is an objection to you using the one-time transfer exception. If the original institution does not respond to the written request within five working days, it is automatically granted. If the request is denied, you are eligible to appeal the decision.

    • Eligibility Coach August 18, 2012 at 12:20 am #

      I asked about your son’s sport because there are exceptions to sitting a year in residence that apply to some sports, but not to other sports.

      The basic rule is that if you transfer from one four-year school to another four-year school, you must sit a year in residence before competing at the new school. Since your son has enrolled at a four-year school, if he transfers to another four-year school next year, he will need to sit a year in residence before competing at the new school.

      You say your son is technically not a student-athlete. By NCAA definitions, your son is a student-athlete who has been determined to be a non-qualifier for NCAA Division II.

      It may be possible for your son to use the one-time transfer exception to be able to compete in the year of transfer if: 1. has not previously transferred from a four-year school, 2. he would have been academically eligible if he returned to the first school, and 3. his first university certifies in writing that it does not object to the transfer. However, this exception is not available to student-athletes in the sports of baseball, basketball, bowl subdivision football or men’s ice hockey.

  4. Jeff August 16, 2012 at 1:49 am #

    Hello, I just have been declared final non-qualifier for Division I.
    My question is: Can I be qualifier for D1 on my 2nd year if on my 1st year I attend a community college as a regular student (without practicing or competing with the college) and earn the credits and GPA required?
    Thank you

    • Eligibility Coach August 18, 2012 at 12:05 am #

      If you are a final non-qualifier and attend a community college full-time, you will have to graduate from the community college before being able to attend a Division I university and receive an athletic scholarship. If you want to attend a community college and keep all of your competitive eligibility, you need to attend the community college as a part-time student.

  5. kay November 10, 2012 at 11:38 pm #

    i run track , i am a freshman and i am a non qualifier and i wanted to know if i could run at the end of the semester in december if i keep my grades up ?

  6. Eligibilty Coach November 16, 2012 at 12:07 pm #

    You indicate that he is in his third semester of college so he doesnot have an NCAA issue as the NCAA allows non-qualifiers to sit a yearin residence, and if they then meet progress toward degree standards,they are allowed to compete. It appears that his issue with with theMountain West Conference.I will do some research this weekend on the MWC and get back to you next week.Marlynn

  7. CeeDee December 13, 2012 at 10:15 pm #

    My son, just got offeres a D1 Scholarship and the ticket on his email, but moments ago we received a message from that school saying he wasnt qualifed because he attended a previous college and enrolled with 12 units (even though he dropped the classes and quit that school and went to another JC) that he uses his time for football then in 2009.
    So now we are told he only qualifies for a D1 football school for a one year scholarship and no one will offer a one year scholarship.
    What is would it be for a two year? can he get a two year scholarship with a D11?

    • Eligibilty Coach December 13, 2012 at 10:27 pm #

      Please send me a telephone number and a good time for us to calltomorrow or later this weekend. Thanks.Marlynn

  8. Lisa January 29, 2013 at 10:33 pm #

    Greetings Ms. Marilyn;
    My son had the opportunity of having different scouts come and visit him; but there is one situation that has approached him. Our son is a senior in high school; his GPA is not the best; but he has taken all of his core courses to attend a four-year college or university. What are his chances to attend a D1 university? My second question is what universities are Non-qualifying schools in NC or SC?

    • Eligibility Coach February 4, 2013 at 12:09 am #

      While Division II schools have a cut of SAT score of 820, Division I schools use a sliding scale so the lower your grade point average, the higher your test score requirement. If he has completed the 16 required core courses for Division I and meets the sliding scale, he may accept a Division I scholarship offer. I don’t understand your second question, but I have worked at schools in both states and would like to speak with you to answer your question. You may reach me at 919 408 7431.

  9. Carlo February 9, 2013 at 1:54 pm #

    I've got a problem and I can't find any solution. I'm from Italy and I don't really know all the rules of the NCAA. I'm graduated both from an Italian high school with a 2.45 GPA and from an American college with a B or 3.00 GPA, and my SATs combined score is 950. Somehow the NCAA didn't take in consideration in consideration any of these two GPAs and considered only my Italian graduation grade which is a 66 out of 100 that would be a 2.6 but they decided to convert it as 2.0 which with a 950 SAT it's not enough to be a qualifier for Division 1. Now I'm already in contact with the compliance office but they are taking more than 5 months not giving me any updates. What would you suggest to do? I'm really confused and I don't know what to do, I keep writing day after day at the NCAA without any answer, I hope you could give me some aids. Thank you very much.

  10. Ebesa Hamid February 19, 2013 at 8:03 pm #

    Hello I am an International student from Ethiopia, and i go to university of kentucky (UK). I tried out for the soccer team and I was selected by the coach to train with them but the compliance officer told me that I am not eligible and I am a non qualifier since I didn't take the SAT/ACT test and I am already full time enrolled at UK. she said that taking the SAT/ACT test now will not make me a qualifier because I already full time enrolled at UK. But I really want to play for the team. What options do I have to be a qualifier and play?

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