Q. Must I be a full-time student during the season?
A. Students must maintain full-time status during the season of the sport(s) in which they have chosen to participate (full-time status being 12 credit hours or more).
Q. What determines my eligibility after my initial full-time enrollment?
A. Eligibility is determined prior to the last official date to register for the term as published in the college catalog. At that time the student must have:
1. Passed 12 credit hours with a 1.75 GPA in their previous full-time or;
2. Have a total accumulation of 12 credit hours for each previous full-time with a 1.75 GPA or higher or;
3. As a first season participant must have passed a minimum accumulation of 24 semester credit hours (36 quarter semester hours) with a 2.00 GPA or higher regardless of previous term or other accumulation requirements.
Q. Are there additional requirements I must meet to participate?
A. A student must also make progress towards graduation. Before participation in a second season in my certified sport(s), a student must have:
1. Obtained at least 24 semester hours or 36 quarter hours with a 2.00 GPA or higher or;
2. Must have passed a minimum accumulation of 36 semester credit hours (54 quarter credit hours) for a fall sport, 48 semester credit hours (72 quarter credit hours) for a spring sport, with a 2.0 GPA or higher, regardless of previous term or other accumulation requirements.
Q. May a part-time student participate?
A. Students who have never been full-time (12 or more credits) at any colleges may become eligible for competition in a sport by meeting the following conditions:
1. The student must attend the same institution at least one academic year as a part-time student before the year they wish to participate and pass at least 12 credit hours with a 1.75 GPA or higher.
2. During each term they are participating, the student must carry at least six credit hours.
3. Before a second season, the student must pass a total of 24 credit hours with a 2.00 GPA or higher.
4. If students ever enroll full time, they immediately forfeit all privileges under this part-time provision.
Q. What are the requirements for transfer students?
A. All transfer students must adhere to the eligibility rules of the NJCAA to be eligible for participation at a member institution. Check Article V, Section 10 of the NJCAA Handbook to make sure you meet all transfer requirements of the NJCAA.
Q. Are the rules uniform throughout the entire membership?
A. The various regions of the NJCAA may adopt rules that are more stringent than the national rules, but none that are less stringent. It would be best for you to check the rules that exist within the region in which you are interested in attending. Any member college can assist you with any regional differences, which may exist.
Q. I am a recent high school graduate and coaches have started to recruit me to play. What is allowed?
A. The following is permitted under NJCAA recruitment rules:
1. No institution shall permit an athlete to be solicited to attend by the promise of a gift or inducement other than an athletic grant-in-aid.
2. An institution may pay for one visit to its campus by direct route, for a stay not to exceed two days and two nights. The visit must be completed no less than 10 days prior to the opening day of classes.
3. While recruiting a potential athlete on campus, a college representative may purchase meals for the athlete. The value of the meals may not exceed the amount provided to a college employee while traveling on college business.
4. A college official must authorize all funds utilized for recruitment purposes. For further clarification of the recruiting rules, see Article VIII, B. If a student-athlete signs a NJCAA Letter of Intent, all NJCAA institutions are obligated to respect that signing and shall cease to recruit that student-athlete. The student-athlete is obligated to notify any recruiter who contacts him/her of the signing.