- Requirement is waived if the student has a cumulative 2.0 GPA from all previously attended institutions and has a written release from the athletics director at the immediately previous four-year institution.
- A student-athlete whose only enrollment history is at two-year institutions or whose immediate previous athletic participation is at a two-year institution does not have to establish residency.
How to Transfer to a NAIA University
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A student-athlete wishing to transfer to a new institution must be aware of how the transfer may affect his or her eligibility. A student-athlete who has decided it to transfer to an NAIA institution should understand these rules that apply to various parts of the transfer process. Keep in mind these rules are for transferring to NAIA schools only. If a student athlete is considering transferring to a non-NAIA institution, the student-athlete must follow the regulations for that particular association. Contacting an NAIA Institution The transfer process typically begins with an enrolled student contacting other institutions to gauge potential interest. A student (or family member) may contact an NAIA institution about a transfer at any time. Once contacted by a student who is enrolled at another institution, the potential transfer institution is required to provide written notification of the contact to the student-athleteís current institution within 10 days. The new institution cannot continue contact with the student until this written notification has been sent. Note this is a courtesy notification only; the new institution does not need any type of release or permission to continue recruiting the student. NAIA coaches or athletics department staff members cannot initiate contact with any student-athlete enrolled at another four-year institution. A coach or staff member can initiate contact with a student-athlete enrolled at a two-year institution only after the student-athlete completes the academic year in which his/her first season of competition was utilized. Sometimes contact from a student-athlete is ignored or the institution informs the student it is not interested. These types of situations are not considered communication that requires notification to the studentís current institution. However, notification must be made to the current institution if any institutional representative responds in any way to the initial communication. Residency Rule A student who participated in intercollegiate athletics at the immediately previous four-year institution and then chooses to transfer to an NAIA school is required to be in residence at the NAIA school for 16 calendar weeks before the student may compete. Exceptions: