COVID-19 Response from the NCAA EC

On April 17, 2020, the NCAA Eligibility Center published adjustments to NCAA initial-eligibility requirements due to COVID-19.

Class of 2020 :
Students with an expected Spring/Summer 2020 graduation date who initially enroll full time in 2020-21 will receive a COVID-19 Automatic Waiver (athletics aid, practice and competition) in the academic certification process, provided they:

Division I*
• Meet the core-course progression requirement (10/7) before start of the seventh semester; and
• Present a 2.300 or higher core-course GPA in such courses.

Division II*
• Complete 10 core-course units before start of the seventh semester; and
• Present a 2.200 or higher core-course GPA in such courses.

*Note: Due to recent ACT/SAT cancellations, test scores are excluded from these criteria .


Classes of 2021-23 :
For NCAA-approved core courses completed in Spring/Summer 2020 that have been issued a grade of Pass, the Eligibility Center will apply the credit earned in these courses toward the core-course requirement in the student's certification. If the student's core-course GPA would increase by assigning a value of 2.300, this value will be assigned to the Passed courses. However, if the student's core-course GPA would decrease by including the 2.300 value for Passed courses, the student’s core-course GPA will be calculated based only on courses with assigned letter grades from other available terms (credit from these courses will still be applied toward the student's core-course requirements).