Monthly Recruiting Tips

May College Recruiting Tips & Alerts

Frequently Asked Questions on the Transfer Process

  1. What must a student-athlete consider before deciding to transfer?

–          A student-athlete who wants to transfer must first be accepted through the new schools’ admission process and the new school may or may not be able to match financial aid offered by the athlete’s original school.

–          Athletes who transfer must sit out of competition for one year, although they may qualify for waivers allowing them to begin competing immediately.

  1. Can a student-athlete contact other schools about playing opportunities?

–          Student-athletes must get permission from their current school to contact a new school. The new school can’t contact the athlete until the current school agrees to the contact. If the current school does not agree, the athlete may appeal.

–          By requiring schools to get permission to contact a student-athlete, the NCAA protects them from a disruptive interference.

  1. Can a coach limit the schools to which a student-athlete can transfer?

–          Coaches may limit the schools a student-athlete can contact. However, the NCAA requires schools to provide an athlete with a hearing if their request to contact a new school is denied. The hearing must be led by school employees who are independent of the athletics department.

Learn more on why college athletes should transfer programs.

Recruiting Rule Alert

NJCAA Athletic Scholarship Breakdown per Division

–          Division I: a maximum of tuition and fees, room and board, course related books, up to $250 in course required supplies per academic year, provided such course supplies are required by all students in the course and specified in the institution catalog or course syllabus, and transportation costs one time per academic year to and from the college by direct route.

–          Division II: a maximum of tuition, fees, and course related books and up to $250 in course required supplies per academic year, provided such course supplies are required by all students in the course and specified in the institution catalog or course syllabus.

  • DII scholarships can’t include room and/or board through a fee or any other system

–          Division III: no athletic scholarship aid of any kind.

NOTE: divisional play is by sport not by college program. The number of allowable scholarships for each sport in each division is listed in the sports procedures section of the NJCAA handbook.

Learn more about the NJCAA rules and eligibility

Recruiting Tips


–          May 9th is the final day that students can register for the last ACT & SAT test date of the year.  If a senior hasn’t taken their test yet, they will automatically become a non-qualifier with the NCAA. 

–          Seniors NEED to have their guidance counselors submit their OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT to the Eligibility Center before school is over.


–          Golfers need to be signed up for summer tournaments, and submit their schedule to NCSA to post to the profile. Tournaments worth considering are:


–          Football players need to be planning on attending camps and combines this summer

  • At least one combine (depending on results and potentially a second)
  • Freshman should focus on development/technique camps like Football University
  • Sophomores should think about attending an FBU and possibly one college one-day camp
  • Juniors MUST attend at least one, one-day college camp!


–          Tennis players need to be looking to participate in a USTA District Qualifier.

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