Academic Eligibility for Athletics
USCAA Eligibility Requirements
For a student to be eligible for any intercollegiate competition, the student conforms to the following regulations:
- The student must be a graduate of an accredited high school or have earned a graduate equivalent degree (GED).
- All students must be enrolled in a recognized academic program and be making progress towards a 2/4 year degree at the attending college.
- All students must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits at time of participation. If a student is enrolled in less than 12 credits, he/she will be considered part-time for eligibility purposes.
- Second semester students must have achieved a GPA of 1.6. Thereafter, all students must pass 24 credit hours the two preceding terms of attendance. Exception. If a freshman completes their first semester at an institution and leaves the following semester, upon the student’s return they may reestablish their eligibility by completing the necessary credits to reach 12 during a summer or interim period only.
- After accumulating 24-48 credit hours, the student must have achieved a 1.75 cumulative GPA.
- After accumulating more than 48 credit hours, the student must achieve a 2.0 cumulative GPA.
- Summer and inter-term credit hours can be used to satisfy the 12/24 credit hour rule and GPA requirement. Summer credit hours should be attached to the preceding spring term for eligibility purposes. Winter term credits should be attached to the first semester.
Eligibility, Termination and Re-establishment
- Each student is limited to four seasons of college competition within the respective sport.
- If a student is not enrolled as full-time status for 12 consecutive calendar months, he/she may return to a USCAA member college and be immediately eligible.
- A student who has not been identified with an institution during the first term does not become eligible to participate for second term until the first day of class.
- Two eligibility forms must be filed for sports spanning two semesters.
- A student who has graduated from a two-year institution the preceding semester shall be immediately eligible to participate.
- Military exemptions will be granted to students whose careers are interrupted by service in the military.
- A senior at a USCAA institution may be enrolled in less than 12 credits in their final semester or quarter, if he/she are taking the credits necessary to complete graduation requirements.
- College graduates are ineligible for athletic competition with the USCAA. Exceptions: Student athletes may complete their fourth year of athletic eligibility only if they are participating as a full time student at the institution for which they received their bachelor’s degree.
- If a student transferring to a member institution has ever participated in intercollegiate athletics, the student must have been academically and athletically eligible had he or she remained at that institution. If the transferring student is ineligible, they are required to complete one full academic year of residence at the certifying institution before being eligible to compete for the member institution. An academic year shall be completed when the student is enrolled in and completed a minimum full-time program of studies for two full semesters or three full quarters.
- The institution to which the student is transferring must submit a formal request to the institution that the student is transferring from to determine the student’s eligibility (form found under administrative forms at www.theuscaa.com).
- Students transferring into USCAA member colleges during a mid-season sport shall be eligible to participate immediately, provided that each institution’s athletic director signs off on the transfer, and that the student was academically eligible at the institution he/she is transferring from.