NJCAA Eligibility Requirements

Requirements for Athletic Eligibility-There are a number of standards students must meet to be eligible. The basic requirements are listed below:
  1. Student-athletes must be enrolled in full time status using any combination of sessions within a term, and in classes that begin before the end of the sport season in which the student-athletes choose to participate, within 15 calendar days from the beginning of the term.
    1. Student-athletes who do conform to this rule will be ineligible for the remainder of the term.
  2. Student-athletes must maintain enrollment of 12 or more credits of college work as listed in the college catalog during the term of athletic competition. Student-athletes that drop below 12 hours are ineligible until full-time status is regained within the term.
  3. Student-athletes must be making satisfactory progress within an approved college program or course as listed in the college catalog.
  4. Prior to the 15th calendar day from the beginning date of the term for the second full-time Semester, as published in the college catalog, a student-athlete must have passed 12 semester hours with a 1.75 GPA or higher.
  5. Prior to the 15th calendar day from the beginning date of the term for the third full-time semester and all subsequent semesters thereafter, as published in the college catalog, a student-athlete must satisfy one of the following four requirements to be eligible for the upcoming term:
    1. Pass a minimum of 12 semester hours with a 2.00 GPA or higher during the previous semester of full time enrollment

      OR

    2. Pass an accumulation of semester hours equal to 12 multiplied by the number of semesters in which the student-athlete was previously enrolled full-time with a GPA of 2.00 or higher,

      OR

    3. A first season participant must have passed a minimum accumulation of 24 credit hours with a 2.000 GPA or higher for the initial term of participation, regardless of previous term or other accumulation requirements (*This only established eligibility for the initial term, not subsequent terms).

      OR

    4. A first or second season participant must have passed an accumulation of 36 credit hours for a fall sport, 48 credit hours for a spring sport, with a 2.00 GPA or higher, regardless of previous term or other accumulation requirement.
  6. Prior to a second season a participation in an NJCAA certified sport, student-athletes must pass a minimum accumulation of 24 semester hours with a 2.00 GPA or higher. (This is in addition to satisfying D. and E.)