Eligibility Effects of Starting College in Summer School

Dear Eligibility Coach:

My son has been offered a full scholarship in football to a Division I school and has been asked to report for summer school in July. He has been admitted to school, but has not been certified by the NCAA Eligibility Center yet. Can he accept the scholarship for summer school.

Dear Parent:

Yes, your son may accept the scholarship and may attend the summer school session without being certified by the NCAA Eligibility Center. However, he needs to understand the eligibility effects of starting college in summer school, especially when an athletic scholarship will be used to finance the costs.

  • If after completing summer school, he is not certified by the NCAA, he will be a non-qualifier and will not be able to receive an athletic scholarship for the academic year 2013-2014. That means that your family will be responsible for all of his bills, including tuition, fees, room, board, books and miscellaneous expenses. In addition, he will not be able to participate in football practices nor compete during his first year of school.
  • If he is not certified by the NCAA for Division I, but is certified for Division II, and decides to leave the university where he attends summer school, he will be considered a transfer student at the Division II school, and must meet all transfer rules and regulations for the fall semester.
  • You state that he will attend a Division I school. In football, there is Football Bowl Subdivision [FBS] and Football Championship Subdivision [FCS]. If your son attends a FBS school for the summer and then transfers to a FCS school for the fall, he will have to sit a year in residence at the second school, and will not be allowed to compete, practice, or receive an athletics scholarship. Since your son has been admitted to the university, if he leaves this school at the end of summer school and enrolls in any another four-year school in the fall, he will be considered a transfer student and must meet all transfer rules and regulations.

Make sure you have requested a copy of your son’s final high school transcript with proof of graduation to be sent to the NCAA Eligibility Center. Also, make sure that he has gone back into his Eligibility Center account and has requested final amateurism certification. If both of these things have been done, then your son’s NCAA eligibility certification can be completed ASAP.

Eligibility Coach Blog Radio Show

This week’s show will look at competition opportunities in men’s basketball at the Division III level. Even though Division III schools do not offer athletic scholarships, many student-athletes are able to receive financial aid to attend Division III schools.

Our guest will be John Thompson, Vice President and Director of Athletics and

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Head Men’s Basketball Coach at North Carolina Wesleyan University, a NCAA Division III school. Coach Thompson will begin his 19th year at NC Wesleyan in 2013-2014.

Thompson is the all-time winningest coach in Wesleyan’s men’s basketball history, having compiled a 253-198 record with five regular season and/or tournament championships. He led his team to its first USA South Tournament Championship in 2002 and saw the team advance to the NCAA Tournament.

In 2009-2010, Coach Thompson led Wesleyan to an 11-1 mark in league play in route to the program’s sixth Regular Season Championship. For his efforts, he was named the USA South’s Coach of the Year for a second time, followed by his third Coach of the Year award after leading the Bishops to a second straight league title in 2010-2011. Wesleyan also went on to win the program’s fourth USA South Tournament crown that season before advancing to the NCAA Tournament. The 21 wins were the most of his career and the highest for the program since the 1986-1987 season.

Most recently in the summer of 2012, Thompson was selected to be a court coach for USA Basketball’s Junior National Team. Thompson joined an elite group of collegiate coaches at the U18 training camp, which was held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Remember to log in Tuesday at 7:30 pm EDT here, or call into the show using 347-677-1564 to ask a question. “See” you on the call.

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