NCAA Division I Transfer Rule Changes Effective August 1, 2019
As of August 1, 2019, these NCAA DI Transfer Rules will go into effect:
Walk-on/Non-Recruited Transfer Exceptions
A student-athlete transferring to a Division I university next Fall as an undergraduate can possibly be immediately eligible if:
- Their previous four-year college provided athletic scholarships in their sport, but the athlete has not received an athletic scholarship, OR
- Their previous four-year college did not provide athletic scholarships, and the athlete was not “recruited” by that college.
Student-Athletes in position to benefit from this change will still need to be academically eligible at their new university.
Also, while these changes have received lots of publicity in social media, there is one aspect of this change that has NOT received much publicity at all.
The university that these athletes are transferring from WILL NOT be allowed to object to the athlete being immediately eligible next year at their new university (a condition of the One-Time Transfer Exception which I have shared with many of our clients)!
Graduate Transfer Exception
An athlete transferring as a graduate student to an NCAA Division I university in the sports of baseball, basketball, football, and men’s ice hockey next Fall will have the chance to be immediately eligible (without need for a waiver from the NCAA) as long as:
- The athlete’s previous four-year college did not provide athletic scholarships, OR
- The athlete never received athletic scholarships while enrolled at a four-year college.
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