SUBJECT: Freshman Eligibility – HiSet Exam

Amend Bylaws Article V, Section C, Item 2, Note 1 and Article V, Section B, Item 18, Exception 2 as follows:

2.   An entering freshman student must meet two of the three entry-level requirements below. Students not meeting at least two of the three standards shall be denied athletics participation at a member institution for the first full year of attendance (two semesters, three quarters, or the equivalent) that such a student is identified with any institution(s). The three entry-level requirements are as follows:

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b.   An overall high school grade point average of 2.000 or higher on a 4.000 scale;

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NOTE 1:     GED and HiSet Students

The GED or HiSet certificate of achievement will be recognized as satisfying the grade point average equivalent. The A GED or HiSet student must achieve a test score in accordance with the regulations found in Bylaws Article V, Section C, Item 2a to meet the freshman requirements.

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Amend Bylaws Article V, Section B, Item 18, Exception 2 as follows:

b.  Participation in any elite-level competition on or after the first day of the thirteenth month following high school graduation. The NAIA shall count seasons of competition based on non-collegiate participation charged by another intercollegiate athletic association. Additional seasons of competition, based on non-collegiate participation, will be charged when the student is not enrolled in a collegiate institution, or is enrolled but does not represent the institution in intercollegiate competition.

EXCEPTION 2: The date of a student’s 18th birthday will be used as the date of high school graduation if:

a.  The date of high school graduation cannot be ascertained; or

b. The student earned a high school equivalency through the GED, HiSet or other exam(s) without otherwise graduating high school.

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Intent: To allow a HiSet certificate of achievement to serve as satisfaction of the GPA requirement for an entering freshman, and trigger a student’s 18th birthday to be used as the date of graduation when a student’s high school equivalency is earned via the HiSet exam.

Effective date: May 1, 2018

Submitted by: National Eligibility Committee

 

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