If you’re a college athlete who is struggling in a class, you may be thinking about dropping that class before the final exam.

My Advice?

DON’T!!!! — UNTIL YOU CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING:

  • Will dropping the class affect my current eligibility right now? (If it drops you below full-time status, you’ll become immediately ineligible for competition.)
  • Will dropping the class affect my eligibility next semester? (That depends upon your specific situation. For some football athletes, it could even effect your eligibility next Fall.)
  • If I don’t drop the class, but fail it, how might that effect my eligibility? (If your GPA drops too low, you may be ineligible for next semester.)
  • IN ADDITION: THERE MAY BE OTHER IMPLICATIONS YOU’RE NOT THINKING ABOUT!
    In a confidential phone or Skype consultation, we can discuss your specific situation and the impact that dropping a course, or possibly staying in it but failing the course, can have on your current and future eligibility. To schedule a consult, contact us at rick@informedathlete.com or call 913-766-1235.

    If you are a High School prospect entering your senior year and graduating in 2019, NOW is the time to review your course enrollment to make sure you are on track to meet the NCAA or NAIA freshman eligibility requirements.
    Many high school athletes fall through the cracks and don’t meet the academic requirements to be a “Qualifier” because they weren’t planning early enough in high school, or due to inadequate advice regarding college athletic eligibility.

    For more information on our Freshman Academic Eligibility & Transcript Review Service, visit https://informedathlete.com/services/ncaa-freshman-transcript-review-service/.

    If your student-athlete has a learning disability, or if you suspect that he or she may have, we strongly encourage you to share that information with the college’s athletic department academic support unit.

    As you may know, the college’s coaches, faculty, and staff are not supposed to ask students if they have a learning disability due to Federal privacy laws, and many student-athletes don’t want that information shared with the coaching staff for fear it will affect their playing time or that it makes them look “weak” or inferior.

    However, it might help reassure both student-athletes and parents to know that they are not alone as learning disabilities are more common than most realize. Many athletic departments have a learning disability specialist on staff to assist student-athletes.

    In addition, through their collaboration with the Disability Services offices on their respective campuses, many athletic departments have strong resources to assist with athletes who need academic assistance and support for their disability.

    Examples of these resources include:

    • Referrals for evaluation and assessment
    • Personalized academic accommodation plans
    • Note-taking services
    • Recording of lectures
    • Time extensions and use of computers for tests and exams
    • Text-to-speech and speech-to-text software

    Sharing the information with academic support staff members at the college will allow them to offer the appropriate assistance and support that your student-athlete might need to be successful in the classroom.

    If you would feel more comfortable discussing your particular situation and getting advice on how to approach your coach, or have questions about academic eligibility, we do offer confidential fee-based consultations and transcript reviews to ensure that your student-athlete understands your rights and options.