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NCAA announced special eligibility requirements for D I & II high school seniors disrupted by the COVID-19

April 22, 2020 by Andy Morales, AZPreps365

High school seniors planning to compete for an NCAA Division I or II program this fall have been granted special pathways for initial-eligibility requirements.

As usual, the process can be confusing. A graduating senior athlete should consult with their high school counselor or any appropriate officials at their prospective colleges.


“Students expected to graduate from high school in time to enroll in a Division I school for the 2020-21 academic year will be academically eligible by earning a 2.3 grade-point average in 10 NCAA-approved core courses, with a combined seven courses in English, math and science, by the start of their seventh semester in high school (prior to senior year). These criteria do not require a standardized test score and will not apply to students who are expected to graduate after spring or summer 2020.”

“For students intending to enroll at Division II schools after graduating from high school this spring or summer, the standard will be completion of 10 NCAA-approved core courses by their seventh semester in high school (prior to senior year), with at least a 2.2 grade-point average in those courses”

“These standards will be considered automatic waivers for both Divisions I and II, which means these students meeting these criteria are academically eligible to receive an athletics scholarship, practice and compete in their first year at an NCAA member school..”