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The term “APR” for NCAA purposes refers to the calculation of the Academic Progress Rate for each Division I team.

The NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate was designed to improve the academic standards of Division I student-athletes and their teams by focusing attention on those programs that have an excessive number of student-athletes losing their academic eligibility, leaving a program with seasons of eligibility remaining, or both.

  • Each DI scholarship athlete has 2 potential points that they can earn for their team at the end of each semester that will impact each team’s APR rate.
  • They can earn one “eligibility point” for being academically eligible each semester, and they can also earn one “retention point” if they are returning to their university for the following semester.

To try to keep things somewhat simple, if the APR for an NCAA sports team falls below 930 (team earned less than 93% of their possible APR points for their team) over a rolling four-year period, that team will be banned from postseason eligibility.

It was recently announced that 15 NCAA Division I teams will be ineligible for postseason play during the 2020-21 academic year due to low APR scores. Those teams are:

· Alabama A&M: men’s basketball, men’s track and field, women’s soccer

· Alabama State: men’s basketball

· Coppin State: women’s track and field

· Delaware State: men’s basketball

· Grambling State: men’s track and field

· Howard: football

· McNeese State: football

· Prairie View A&M: football

· Southern: men’s cross country, men’s track and field

· Stephen F. Austin: baseball, football, men’s basketball

If you have an athlete or know an athlete who had plans to participate for one of these teams next year and will be negatively impacted by this action, schedule a confidential scholarship strategies consultation to explore the athlete’s options, call us at 913-766-1235 or send an email to rick@informedathlete.com.

For NCAA Division I student-athletes, their GPA is increasingly becoming an important factor if they want to transfer to another college or university to continue their college athletic career. This is because a student-athlete leaving a Division I program can cost the program an APR point, which can end up being quite significant.

APR, in NCAA terminology, refers to the Academic Progress Rate. NCAA Division I athletic teams must have a sufficient APR in order to be eligible for postseason play.

To determine each team’s APR, each student-athlete on an athletic scholarship is “worth” two points at the end of each term – the eligibility point and the retention point. If the student-athlete is eligible for the next term, and stays at their school for the next term, they have “earned” two points for their team for that semester. If an athlete is eligible for the next term, but chooses to transfer to another school, their team will lose the retention point.

However, a university can receive an “adjustment” from the NCAA and won’t lose an APR retention point if the athlete transferring to another four-year college has a GPA of at least 2.600.

How is this important to the student-athlete themselves?
Increasingly, I am hearing that some Division I coaches have been denying “permission to contact” for student-athletes who have requested permission to talk to other four-year colleges about a possible transfer unless the student-athlete has a GPA of at least 2.600.

So, a Division I athlete with a 2.500 GPA, for example, could be academically eligible to compete the next season if they were staying at their current school, and could meet the transfer eligibility requirements to be immediately eligible at another four-year college.

But they could be denied permission to speak with coaches and athletic staff at another college about a possible transfer because their GPA is below 2.600 and their current team could lose an APR retention point.

What’s the “takeaway” for Division I student-athletes (and parents) to remember?
Your GPA is obviously important for eligibility and to maintain academic scholarships, but is becoming increasingly important, especially if you want to transfer to another four-year college at some point in the future.

If you are considering a transfer and you would like to discuss your options, contact Rick Allen at 913-766-1235 or rick@informedathlete.com for a private consultation. We’ve helped thousands of athletes and parents to understand the rules and steps in the transfer process. We can help you evaluate your options and navigate the transfer process with complete confidentiality.