This article is written to give junior college athletes a heads-up to potential eligibility issues that can create huge problems if they plan to transfer to an NCAA school.
And even worse, if the eligibility issue isn’t discovered until AFTER the JUCO transfer has already started attending an NCAA school, the athlete won’t be eligible to compete in their first year at the new university.
My advice to avoid these headaches and problems is to be clearly informed and knowledgeable about the academic requirements they must meet in order to transfer to an NCAA school.
Please keep in mind that student-athletes who start their college career at a junior college can have differing academic requirements when it comes time to transfer to an NCAA school.
- Was the Junior College 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 the Junior College Student-Athlete attend the junior college as a full-time student?
- Was the Junior College Student-Athlete required to earn their Associates Degree to be academically eligible upon transfer to an NCAA school?
These are the types of issues that can derail a Junior College Student-Athlete’s athletic and academic career and end up costing them personally and financially.
If a Junior College Transfer Athlete has not satisfied all necessary NCAA academic requirements BEFORE they begin attending their new university, they won’t be able to compete during their first academic year of attendance and may also not be qualified to receive an athletic scholarship!
Knowing your eligibility status 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 a Junior College Transfer Athlete (or parent of one) and you are uncertain about your NCAA academic eligibility status, Informed Athlete can help:
- Go to Informed Athlete Eligibility Issues page for general information or How We Help Consults for personalized assistance.
- Click on Informed Athlete’s College Transcript Review Service to learn how you can receive a review of your athlete’s transcript and a detailed written assessment to make sure your athlete is on track to be eligible when they transfer.
If you have questions, contact Rick Allen at 913-766-1235 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.