NAIA Eligibility Center

• Guide to the College- Bound Student-Athlete

Your NAIA Game Plan

Transfer to an NAIA School

Who is a transfer student in the NAIA?
If you enroll in 12 hours and attend any regularly scheduled class at a two- or four-year college and then decide to transfer to any NAIA school, the NAIA considers you a transfer student, regardless whether you participated in intercollegiate athletics.

Do transfer students need to register with the NAIA Eligibility Center?
If you are a transfer student and have never played previously in the NAIA, you are required to register with the NAIA Eligibility Center. You'll need the following to complete the process as a transfer:

 •  Personal contact information
 •  All competitive experiences - both collegiate and non-collegiate - since high school graduation
 •  Official transcripts from all previously attended two- or four-year institutions
 •  High school transcripts and test scores (if you are still in your first year of college)
 •  Proof of your high school graduation date (if included on your official college transcript, this is acceptable;
    otherwise official documentation sent by your high school is required)

Transfer Rules


NAIA residency requirements govern how soon a transfer can play and depend on whether you're transferring from a four-year or two-year college.

If you participated in an intercollegiate contest in your sport at a four-year school, you must wait 16 weeks before participating in that sport unless you

   • Have a written release from the athletic department at immediately previous four-year college

   • Have a minimum 2.0 GPA from all previous institutions combined

   • Meet all additional academic requirements and any conference-specific requirements for transfers

 A student transferring from a two-year school has no residency requirement. If, however, you have participated at 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.


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.


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:

•  Second season: 24 semester/36 quarter institutional credit hours

•  Third season: 48 semester/72 quarter institutional credit hours

•  Fourth season: 72 semester/108 quarter institutional credit hours (including 48 semester/72 quarter hours in general education or your major field of study)