Entries by Informed Athlete

NCAA DII Transfer Eligibility Case Study

We were recently contacted by the parent of a student-athlete who transferred to an NCAA Division II university to play her sport, but was then told she wouldn’t be eligible this Spring because she had not earned enough academic credit hours at her previous college. This student-athlete had recently transferred to the NCAA DII school […]

A Quick Reminder as Spring Sport Seasons Begin!

This time of year, I always like to remind college athletes and parents that any amount of participation in a game or contest against another team will count as a Season of Eligibility used. The only way to get a season “over again” is if the student-athlete qualifies and is approved for a Medical Hardship Waiver. […]

National Letter of Intent Signing Dates

Wednesday, February 6 is the starting date that NCAA DI and DII and NJCAA football programs can sign current high-school seniors to a National Letter of Intent. The Football signing periods are: NCAA DI – February 6 to April 1, 2019 NCAA DII – February 6 to August 1, 2019 NJCAA – February 6 to […]

What do the terms NCAA Qualifier and NCAA Non-Qualifier mean?

An NCAA Qualifier is a high-school athlete who has satisfied the NCAA academic requirements to be eligible as a Freshman. If the NCAA Freshman eligibility requirements are not met, the high-school athlete is classified as anNCAA Non-Qualifier.  Reasons for this frequently include: The high-school athlete didn’t take the NCAA required core courses. Low GPA, SAT or […]


NCAA Convention Summary

The most significant rule change that was approved at the recent NCAA Convention will benefit the health and well-being of Division I student-athletes at a Power Five university. Those athletic programs will be required to provide their athletes with information and access to available mental health services. Non-Power 5 NCAA Division I programs will not […]

JUCO Transfer-Athletes: Do you know if you’ll satisfy the NCAA academic transfer requirements?

Informed Athlete® receives many calls from parents of student-athletes who have transferred from a junior college to an NCAA sports program and then learn they aren’t eligible to compete after they have already started attending classes. This is because the student-athlete did not satisfy the necessary NCAA academic transfer requirements while attending the junior college. […]

NCAA Transfer Rules – Confusion and Facts

Based on some phone calls we’ve received and some postings we’ve seen on social media, it seems that some college athletes and parents now believe that the transfer process is “automatic.” When the new NCAA Transfer Portal took effect back in mid-October, it changed ONLY the process that an athlete must follow to contact other […]