Making this mistake can impact a Student-Athlete’s “5-year Eligibility Clock”

NCAA Division I student-athletes must complete their playing eligibility within five years of their initial full-time college attendance. This is commonly referred to as a student-athlete’s “5-year eligibility clock.”

Student-Athletes at other four-year college divisions must complete their playing eligibility within their first 10 semesters or 15 quarters of full-time enrollment and attendance.

Don’t make this mistake!

A student-athlete triggers the start of their five-year clock or uses one of their 10 semesters or 15 quarters when they attend their first class while registered for a full-time course load – even if they drop to part-time status on the afternoon of the first class day!! 

In addition to causing you to lose eligibility at your current school, this could also negatively impact a potential transfer to another school.

Do you need assistance?

If you or your athlete have questions about their eligibility “clock” and the impact of dropping to part-time status, schedule a confidential eligibility consult online, call us at 913-766-1235 or by send an e-mail to