One of the most commonly encountered roadblocks to a transfer from one school to another is when a student-athlete has eligibility issues. This seems to be especially true when a student-athlete transfers from a junior college to an NCAA school.

Student-Athletes who start their college career at a junior college have differing academic requirements when it comes time to transfer to an NCAA school.

For example:

  • Was the student-athlete a “qualifier” or “non-qualifier” coming out of high school? The answer to this will affect what a junior college transfer athlete must achieve academically to be eligible to compete at an NCAA DI or DII school.
  • How many semesters did a student-athlete attend at a junior college?
  • Was the student-athlete required to earn their Associates Degree before they were ruled academically eligible to transfer to an NCAA school?

These are the types of things that frequently derail a Junior College student-athlete’s athletic and academic career and end up costing them personally and financially.

If a student-athlete has not satisfied all necessary academic requirements BEFORE starting classes this Fall, they won’t be able to compete for their university during the 2019-2020 academic year and may also not be qualified to receive an athletic scholarship!

Knowing the academic requirements for certain ahead of time can allow a student-athlete to make the adjustments that are needed to avoid disappointment and possibly financial problems down the road.

If you are uncertain about your eligibility status, Informed Athlete can help!

  • Book a PERSONAL PHONE OR SKYPE CONSULT when answers to your questions require more information and are more complex or an EMAIL CONSULT if you need quick, simple answers to concise questions.

All NCAA DI & DII student-athletes who were on scholarship for the 2018-19 academic year should have been notified by July 1st of their scholarship status for the 2019-20 academic year.

If you were notified that your NCAA scholarship was not renewed or was reduced, you also should have been informed that you have a right to an appeal hearing.

In this case, the student-athlete must request a formal appeal hearing in writing typically within 2 weeks of receiving the notification.

An appeal hearing can be a scary prospect for a student-athlete often because of the unknown of what their rights are and what they should say.

We frequently help student-athletes prepare and present their best case to the appeal board by:

  • Talking about what will happen and what to expect during the hearing.
  • Coaching the student-athlete on what to say and not say during the hearing.
  • Reviewing their written appeal statements and discussing options they can consider.
  • Providing encouragement to boost their confidence for the hearing.

Contact us at 913-766-1235 or send an email to if you have questions or want to schedule a scholarship appeal hearing coaching session.

Using the term “Agent” will, in most cases, automatically raise questions and concerns about whether an athlete has violated NCAA rules and will be ineligible for college athletics!

I recently received an email from an international student who referred to the college recruiting service that was assisting him as his “agent” or “agency.” When I questioned him, I learned that rather than violating NCAA rules, he was simply mis-using the terms and didn’t realize the consequences of using the wrong terminology. The student asked me what he should call them and I advised referring to the service as an “advisor” or “consultant” rather than an “agent” or “agency.”

Can Athletes use an Advisory or College Athletic Recruiting Service?

It IS acceptable to use a college athletic advisory service or college athletic recruiting service to help market and promote you to college coaches.

HOWEVER, such services can’t charge a fee that is based on the condition of you getting placed with a college team or have a fee structure in which they are paid more based on the value of your athletic scholarship. The fee charged should be the same regardless of the level of college the athlete attends, or whether the athlete receives only a walk-on opportunity instead of an athletic scholarship.

Are agents acceptable at the NCAA DI Level?

There are very limited exceptions where the use of agents is acceptable, but they only apply to the sports of baseball, basketball, and men’s ice hockey at the NCAA Division I level.

How does the NCAA define an Agent?

The NCAA defines an agent as an individual who:

“(a) Represents or attempts to represent an individual for the purpose of marketing his or her athletics ability or reputation for financial gain; or

(b) Seeks to obtain any type of financial gain or benefit from securing a prospective student-athlete’s enrollment at an educational institution or from a student-athlete’s potential earnings as a professional athlete.”

To learn more about recruiting rules, visit How We Help – Recruiting Rules.  To learn more about eligibility Issues, visit How We Help – Eligibility Issues.  

If you have questions about the use of college recruiting or advisory services and would like a confidential consultation, give us a call at 913-766-1235 or send an email to

Academic Eligibility issues affect student-athletes at all levels from high school, to junior college, and 4-year universities. Not knowing, understanding, and meeting the eligibility rules can have serious short and long-term consequences. Problems meeting the eligibility standards can set back and even derail a student-athlete’s entire athletic career.

Academic Eligibility Rules are different at each level (NCAA, NAIA, and NJCAA), each division (NCAA Division I, II, III), and even at different conferences and schools.

The worst thing I had to do when I worked on campus was tell a student-athlete they weren’t academically eligible and couldn’t play their sport.  It’s one of the primary reasons we started Informed Athlete over 12 years ago.  

Some of the questions we are frequently asked include:

  • What are the consequences if my student-athlete doesn’t meet the eligibility requirements as an incoming freshman?
  • What are eligibility requirements for my student-athlete to compete at the Division and level they desire?
  • What happens if my student-athlete accepts a scholarship offer, enrolls and begins classes, and then is told they aren’t eligible to compete?
  • What other ways can a student-athlete lose their eligibility?
  • Can a student-athlete extend their eligibility if they have extenuating circumstances?
  • What if my student-athlete has a learning disability that was undiagnosed or they didn’t want to share?
  • Will my student-athlete lose their scholarship money if they lose their eligibility?

Do you have questions about your athlete’s eligibility? 

Here are some ways we help student-athletes and their families.  ALL information shared is private and confidential – nothing is shared with schools, coaches, etc. unless you specifically ask us to contact someone for info on your behalf.

In a Confidential Eligibility Issues Consult, we will review the eligibility rules that specifically pertain to your athlete and answer your questions. We will also discuss the options that are available depending on the situation – including the possibility of an academic eligibility or extension of eligibility waiver (see Waivers & Appeals).

With a Freshman Transcript Review Service, we will:

  • Compare the courses completed with the courses approved by the NCAA Eligibility Center.
  • Review your ACT or SAT test scores, and determine the GPA that will be needed for eligibility,
  • Provide a written assessment of the subjects that need to be completed to satisfy initial eligibility requirements.
  • Suggest steps and discuss a plan of action that may be available to satisfy eligibility requirements.

With a college athlete transcript review, we will:

  • Inform you of the changing NCAA and/or NAIA transfer requirements,
  • Compare courses you’ve taken with the academic requirements for a transfer athlete,
  • Inform you of any specific subject requirements or limitations for your transfer situation, and
  • Review consequences and options for your situation based on completed courses, deadlines, and any rules that apply specifically to certain sports (such as mid-year transfers in Division I baseball or basketball)

Give us a call at 913-766-1235 or send an email to if you have questions about our services.

Some athletic recruiting services promote themselves as “NCAA-Certified” services. So, what does it mean to be “NCAA-Certified?”

The NCAA certifies recruiting services ONLY if they are going to be used by the basketball and football programs at a Division I university. Those two sports can’t use a recruiting or scouting service unless it’s been expressly approved by the NCAA.

There are conditions that all recruiting services are supposed to follow if they want NCAA sports programs to subscribe to their services. To satisfy those conditions, recruiting services are required to:

  • Be available to all universities that choose to subscribe and at the same fee charged to all subscribers.
  • Provide information about each recruit in a standardized format that ensures the same information is provided to all subscribers.
  • Live phone reports, discussions, or individualized email or text messages don’t satisfy the above requirement.

However, in sports other than Division I basketball and football, those services aren’t certified with a “stamp of approval” as they must be for basketball and football.

The bottom line – buyer beware when it comes to signing up with a recruiting service.

For more information about recruiting issues, visit the Recruiting Rules section on our website.