Transfer to an NAIA School

What are the transfer student eligibility requirements?

  • If you have taken time off between high school and coming to the NAIA or have attended two- or four-year college, the NAIA considers you a transfer student, regardless of whether you participated in intercollegiate athletics.
  • If you’re a transfer who has never participated in athletics at an NAIA school, you’ll need to register with the NAIA Eligibility Center at PlayNAIA.org to have your eligibility determined.

Transfer Rules

RESIDENCY RULES

Residency Rules if transferring from a four-year school

  • If you participated in an intercollegiate contest in your sport at your previous four-year school, you must wait 16 weeks before participating in that sport unless you:
    • Have a written release from the athletic department at your most recent four-year college
    • Have a minimum 2.0 GPA from all previous colleges combined
    • Meet all additional academic requirements and any conference-specific requirements for transfers

Residency Rules if transferring from a two-year school

  • A student transferring from a two-year school has no residency requirement. If, however, you have participated at a four-year college prior to attending a two-year school, you must have a written release from the athletic department of the four-year institution.

24/36 HOUR RULE

Transfer students are required to have completed 24 semester/36 quarter hours of institutional credit in their last two semesters/three quarters of enrollment prior to transferring.

PROGRESS RULE

  • If you’re a transfer student who has already used one or more of your four seasons of competition in college sports, you will need to show completion of the following before you can compete in your second, third, or fourth season:
    • Second season: 24 semester/36 quarter total cumulative credit hours
    • Third season: 48 semester/72 quarter total cumulative credit hours
    • Fourth season: 72 semester/108 quarter total cumulative credit hours (including 48 semester/72 quarter hours in general education or your major field of study).