Dear Eligibility Coach:
I currently need some help understanding the NCAA Division 2 transfer rules. I’m currently a division 2 soccer player. I’m a freshmen and the first season went alright but I’m considering transferring. So I would spent a whole first year at my first college, and would be looking for a new college my sophomore year. I need help explaining the rules, preferably what are all the steps in being able to transfer to another division 2 without having to sit out a year? I’m a bit confused about if I have to have a certain amount of transferable credits or not.
As a student transferring to an NCAA Division II school from another NCAA Division II school, you will be required to complete one full academic year of residence [two full semesters or three full quarters] at the new university before being eligible to compete for, or to receive travel expenses from the new school, unless you satisfy the applicable transfer
requirements, or qualify for a transfer exception.
As a transfer student from a four-year institution who will attend the initial institution at least one academic year, you will be eligible for financial aid and practice at the new Division II school, regardless of your qualification status at the time of initial enrollment.
One-Time Transfer Exception
You will not be subject to sitting a year in residence at the new university before being able to compete if all of the following conditions are met:
(a) You have not transferred previously from another four-year institution, unless, the previous transfer was based on the discontinued/non-sponsored sport exception;
(b) You are in good academic standing and meet the progress-toward-degree requirements at the current school at the time of transfer to the new institution. You must show that you would have been academically eligible had you remained at the first institution. In addition, you must be eligible at the new institution as a regularly enrolled, full-time, degree-seeking student who is admitted in accordance with the regular, published entrance requirements of the institution; and
(c) Your first institution must certify in writing that it has no objection to you being granted an exception to the transfer residence requirement. If your first institution denies your request for the release, the athletics director shall inform you in writing, within 14 consecutive calendar days from receipt of your written request, that you, on request, shall be provided a hearing conducted by an institutional entity or committee outside of the athletics department (e.g., the office of student affairs; office of the dean of students; or a committee composed of the faculty athletics representative, student-athletes and non-athletics faculty/staff members). The notification of the hearing opportunity shall include a copy of your institution’s policies and procedures for conducting the required hearing, including the deadline by which you must request such a hearing. The institution shall conduct the hearing within 30 consecutive calendar days of receiving your request for the hearing; and
(d) You shall have satisfactorily completed an average of 12-semester or 12-quarter hours of transferable degree credit acceptable toward any baccalaureate degree program at the new institution for each term of full-time attendance, at any collegiate institution, with a cumulative minimum grade-point average of 2.000 in the transferable degree credits.
You must have earned at least 75 percent of the minimum number of semester or quarter hours required for progress toward degree during the regular academic year. You shall earn no more than 25 percent of the minimum number of semester or quarter hours required for progress toward degree during the summer or through correspondence courses.
During the first two years of collegiate enrollment, you may use credits acceptable toward any of the new institution’s degree programs; and by the beginning of the third year of enrollment (fifth semester or seventh quarter),you must have designated a program of studies leading toward a specific baccalaureate degree. From that point, the credits used to meet progress-toward-degree requirements must be degree credit toward that designated degree program.
It is not permissible to use the same credit hours earned prior to initial full-time enrollment at the new institution to satisfy both freshman academic requirements and progress-toward-degree requirements. In addition, it is not permissible to use the same credit hours earned prior to initial full-time enrollment at the new institution to satisfy both transfer requirements and progress-toward-degree requirements.
Choose your Major Course of Study Carefully
Don’t forget that transfer admissions requirements generally differ from freshman admissions requirements. In addition, you need to pay particular attention to your intended major course of studies because at the beginning of your third year in college you must have completed 40 percent of the course requirements in that degree program to remain eligible to compete.