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FIVE-YEAR CLOCK
You have five calendar years to compete a maximum of four (4) athletic seasons in any one sport. The five-year clock runs continuously from the first day of school in which you are initially enrolled as a minimum fulltime student at any collegiate institution. Some exceptions that may be granted: church missions, military service, pregnancy or a medical situation that would prevent you from attending school. For foreign students, service in the armed forces or on an official church mission of the student???s home country is considered equivalent to such service in the United States.

Competition in any part of a season counts as a year of eligibility. However, if you have played in less than 30% of your athletic teams scheduled contests, you may be eligible for a medical hardship waiver to regain that season.

A non-qualifier (someone who was not certified by the NCAA Eligibility Center) has three years of eligibility at the Division I level, but may earn a fourth year if at least 80% of the student-athlete???s degree has been completed prior to the beginning of the fifth academic year after initial, full-time collegiate enrollment.

 

ACADEMIC ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
To remain eligible to practice and compete in Division I intercollegiate athletics, the NCAA requires that the criteria specified below be met:
ENTERING FRESHMAN STUDENT-ATHLETES *started college on or after Fall 2006

  • Freshman student-athletes must be certified through the NCAA Clearinghouse prior to practice and/or competition. The NCAA Clearinghouse determines a student-athletes??? eligibility, from high school coursework and the ACT/SAT test score, and amateur status. A freshman must also meet the following academic requirements during his/her year of full-time collegiate enrollment at Eastern Washington University:
  • Student-athletes must enroll in a full-time schedule of 12 credit hours each quarter (excluding summer).  If the student athlete drops below 12 credit hours they will immediately become eligible for practice and competition.
  • Must have 2.00 cumulative grade-point average at the end of each quarter (EWU) or 1.8 NCAA.
  • Must complete 36 credit hours before the start of the second year. If summer school is needed for eligibility, only a maximum of 9 credit hours can be counted. More than 9 can count towards credits for graduation. If a student has declared a degree, the hours must be degree applicable.
  • Must be making progress toward a degree.

CONTINUING STUDENT-ATHLETES (SOPHOMORE, JUNIOR, SENIOR AND FIFTH-YEAR) *started college on or after Fall 2006
The following academic requirements are for student-athletes who enrolled in Fall 2006 or later, and are entering their sophomore, junior, senior, or fifth year:

  • Must have 2.00 cumulative grade-point average at the end of each quarter. Start of 2nd year may still have a 1.8 NCAA rules if not dismissed from the institution prior.
  • Must complete a minimum of 27 credit hours each academic year (excluding summer). If a student has declared a degree, the hours must be degree applicable.
  • Must declare a major by the start of the seventh (7th) quarter, junior year)of full time enrollment.
  • Must pass six credit hours in the quarter prior to the season of competition (either championship or non-traditional). If a student has declared a degree, the hours must be degree applicable.
  • Must be making progress toward a specific degree and meet the following degree percentages:
    By the start of the 7th quarter (junior year), must have completed 40% of degree. 72 credits at EWU.
    By the start of the 10th quarter (senior year), must have completed 60% of degree. 108 credits at EWU.
    By the start of the 13th quarter (fifth-year), must have completed 80% of degree. 144 credits at EWU.
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