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    Compliance Corner: Student-Athlete Eligibility

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    July 24, 2014

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The NCAA requires that every student-athlete who is eligible for practice and/or competition in an Indiana University uniform must be enrolled in a full-time course load (12 credit hours per semester). In addition, each student-athlete must earn at least 6 credit hours per semester to be eligible for the subsequent semester (football student-athletes must earn 9 credit hours during the fall semester in order to be eligible for the following season).   

    Additional yearly academic progress benchmarks include:

    Prior to First Year (Freshmen):

    • Declared a Final Academic Qualifier by the NCAA
    • Received Final Amateurism Certification by the NCAA

    Prior to Second Year (Sophomores):

    • Earned at least 18 credit hours during their first two semesters as a freshmen
    • Earned at least 24 credit hours during their first year, including summer terms
    • Maintained a GPA that is greater than or equal to a 1.8

    Prior to Third Year (Juniors):

    • Declare a major
    • Earned at least 18 credit hours during their third and fourth semesters
    • Earned at least 40% of their declared degree
    • Maintained a GPA that is greater than or equal to a 1.9

    Prior to Fourth Year (Seniors):

    • Earned at least 18 degree applicable credit hours during their fifth and sixth semesters
    • Earned at least 60% of their declared degree
    • Maintained a GPA that is greater than or equal to a 2.0

    Prior to Fifth Year (If necessary):

    • Earned at least 18 degree applicable credit hours during their seventh and eighth semesters
    • Earned at least 80% of their declared degree
    • Maintained a GPA that is greater than or equal to a 2.0

    As with many NCAA rules, there are exceptions to these academic eligibility benchmarks. For instance, student-athletes who are enrolled in their final semester prior to graduation may be enrolled in less than 12 credit hours per semester only if they are enrolled in all remaining courses needed to complete their degree.  Additionally, graduate student-athletes are required maintain a minimum of 9 credit hours per semester in order to be eligible for practice and competition.


     

     

    This is a lot of information for student-athletes to remember! Indiana University Athletics is fortunate to have a team of academic service staff to provide student-athletes with academic advising and career planning as well as providing assistance in monitoring all Big Ten Conference and NCAA academic eligibility benchmarks. 

    Should you have questions about any of these academic eligibility benchmarks or any compliance related topic, please feel free to contact the Indiana University Compliance Office at iucomply@indiana.edu, or visit the compliance website. Thank you for your continued support in helping Indiana University play by the rules!

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