NAIA Graduate Rule Change – Effective August 1, 2016

An athlete who has remaining eligibility and completed their undergrad degree at an NCAA or NAIA school will now be allowed to play their sport at an NAIA school if they enroll in a graduate program, professional school, or post-baccalaureate teacher education program even if they didn’t attend that same NAIA institution as an undergraduate. 

The athlete must still meet other conditions of the rule to take advantage of this opportunity.

Prior to this change, only NAIA athletes were allowed to participate as a graduate or post-baccalaureate student if they remained at the same college or university they attended as an undergrad student.

For a full and complete discussion of your situation and the opportunity to use the new rule, contact us at or 913-766-1235 to schedule a consultation.

About Rick Allen

25+ years NCAA Rules Expertise, including Director of Compliance at 2 major DI schools

Former President of National Association for Athletic Compliance (NAAC)

Conducts compliance reviews and audits at NCAA Schools throughout the U.S.

Consulted with NAIA schools transitioning to NCAA membership status

Dad of a DI & DII student-athlete

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