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~ GENERAL ELIGIBILITY RULES ~

Student-athletes have four seasons of competition to complete within five calendar years, and the five-year period begins when the student first enrolls full-time at any collegiate institution. If the student-athlete participates in any intercollegiate competition (including scrimmages), whether for one minute or an entire contest, he or she has used a season of competition.

Student-athletes must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits per term to practice, receive financial aid and compete in intercollegiate athletics. If the student-athlete drops below 12 hours at any time during the semester, he or she is immediately ineligible to practice or compete with the team. In addition, if the student-athlete is on an athletic scholarship, the scholarship may be cancelled for the remainder of the period of the award (see the Scholarship Section for more information.

ACADEMIC CLASS (Semester of Full-time Enrollment)  

SEC & NCAA

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS

to be Eligible for Competition
 
 
 Freshman
Year

•  Must be certified by the NCAA Initial Eligibility Clearinghouse as a Qualifier.
•  Must have earned six hours during the fall semester to be eligible for competition during the second semester.  

   
Sophomore Year
(3rd semester)

•  Must have earned at least 24 credit hours (at USC) during previous year with at least 18 earned during the regular academic year.

•  Must have a cumulative GPA requirement of 1.8 each semester.

•  Must have earned six hours during the previous spring semester to be eligible for competition during the fall semester.

•  Must have earned six hours during the fall semester to be eligible for competition during the spring semester.
   
 Junior Year
(5th semester)

 

•  Must have earned at least 18 earned during the previous regular academic year.

•  Must have earned six hours during the previous spring semester to be eligible for competition during the fall semester.

•  Must have earned six hours during the fall semester to be eligible for competition during the spring semester.

•  Must have declared major; cumulative GPA requirement of 1.9 each semester.

•  40% of degree must be completed.
   
 Senior Year
(7th semester)

•  Must have earned at least 18 earned during the previous regular academic year.
•  Must have earned six hours during the previous spring semester to be eligible for competition during the fall semester.
•  Must have earned six hours during the fall semester to be eligible for competition during the spring semester.
•  Must have declared a major; cumulative GPA requirement of  2.0 each semester.
•  50% of degree must be completed for S/A's enrolling prior to Fall 2003.
•  60% of degree must be completed for S/A's enrolling after Fall 2003.

 
 
 5th Year Senior
(9th semester)

•  Must have earned at least 105 credit hours during previous four years with at least 18 earned during the previous regular academic year.
•  Must have declared a major; cumulative GPA requirement of 2.0 each semester.
•  75% of degree must be completed for S/A's enrolling prior to Fall 2003.
•  80% of degree must be completed for S/A's enrolling after Fall 2003.

1. Academic eligibility is determined on the FIRST day of each term.
2. Once a student-athlete has officially declared a major, all hours used toward meeting the satisfactory progress requirements must be applicable toward the designated degree program.

If you have a question about your eligibility status, please contact your SAAS Advisor.

~ TRANSFER RULES ~

Student-Athletes Interested in Transferring FROM USC to another NCAA Institution:

STEP ONE: Getting PERMISSION TO CONTACT.

1. Per NCAA bylaw 13.1.1.3, student-athletes wishing to transfer from UGA must first receive permission from the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics to speak with any other four-year collegiate institution. The Compliance Office will process such requests, whether first made by the student-athlete or by another four-year institution.

2. The head coach of the respective sport will be consulted prior to granting the student-athlete permission to speak with another institution.

3. The Compliance Office will fax to the Athletics Director of the requesting institution a letter indicating whether or not it has UGA’s permission to speak with the student-athlete.

(a) If permission is granted, the student-athlete may speak with the other institution about a possible transfer.

(b) If permission is not granted, the Compliance Office will notify the student-athlete in writing that he/she has the right to request an appeal hearing on such denial. In addition, if permission to speak is not granted, the student-athlete may still transfer to the other institution, but that institution may not encourage the transfer and may not provide any athletically-related financial aid to the student-athlete during his or her first year of attendance at that institution.

4. The granting of permission to speak with another institution does not mean that the student-athlete will be released to transfer to that institution under the NCAA’s one-time transfer exception (see the NCAA Transfer Guide in the List of Resources section for additional information).

5. If UGA denies the student-athlete permission to contact another institution, the student-athlete has the right to request an appeal hearing regarding such decision. The athletics department must notify the student-athlete in writing of its decision within 10 working days of receipt of request for permission to contact.

STEP TWO: Determining whether the student-athlete meets the TRANSFER REQUIREMENTS.

The general rule for all student-athletes who transfer is that the student-athlete must spend one academic year in residence at the new institution before he or she may be eligible for competition. There are some exceptions to this general rule that may allow a student-athlete to transfer to another NCAA institution and be immediately eligible for competition. You may find additional information about these exceptions in the NCAA Transfer Guide (see the List of Resources section for instructions on how to find this publication). UGA student-athletes who wish to transfer should follow the procedures below:

1. Once a student-athlete identifies which NCAA institution he or she wishes to transfer to, that institution is required to send a transfer release form to UGA for our completion.

2. If UGA denies the student-athlete a release to use an exception to the general transfer rule (i.e., one-time transfer exception), the student-athlete has the right to request an appeal hearing regarding such decision. The athletics department must notify the student-athlete in writing of its decision within 10 working days of receipt of request to transfer.

Per Pac-10 Constitution 7-3-b, a student-athlete who transfers from one SEC institution to another SEC institution must automatically serve a one-year residence requirement prior to being eligible for competition at the second SEC institution. In addition, the student-athlete will be charged with one year of eligibility in all SEC sports. The SEC institution to which the student-athlete transfers shall not offer, provide or arrange for the student-athlete to receive any athletically-related financial aid during the time the student-athlete is serving the year in residence.

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