21-B-10: Initial Eligibility

On April 26, 2021, in 2021 Bylaw Amendments, by Jen Saab

Amend Bylaws Article V, Section C, Item 2 as follows:

  1. An entering freshman student can become eligible by achieving an overall high school grade point average of 2.300 or higher on a 4.000 scale.

EXCEPTION: A prospective student attending an accredited U.S. high school can satisfy NAIA entering freshman academic requirements prior to completing high school graduation requirements provided the student has registered with the NAIA Eligibility Center and satisfies one of the following academic criteria:

a. A student may satisfy freshman academic requirements upon completing six semesters, or its equivalent, of secondary education by obtaining an overall high school grade point average of 3.300 or higher on a 4.000 scale.

b. A student may satisfy freshman academic requirements upon completing seven semesters, or its equivalent, of secondary education by obtaining an overall high school grade point average of 2.800 or higher on a 4.000 scale.

The early determination of eligibility by the NAIA Eligibility Center shall be the center’s only determination. It shall be the responsibility of the certifying member institution to verify that an entering freshman has graduated from an accredited high school or been accepted as a regular student in good standing as defined by the enrolling institution and met all other NAIA, conference and institutional academic requirements prior to representing the institution in any manner against outside competition.

Alternatively, Aan entering freshman student can become eligible must by meeting 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:

a. A minimum score of 18 on the ACT or 970 on the SAT (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math) for tests taken beginning May 2019. EFFECTIVE DATE May 1, 2019 (for tests taken beginning May 1, 2019);

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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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c. Rank in the upper half of the student’s high school class, as it appears on the final high school transcript after the student’s date of graduation. The class rank must appear on the student’s transcript, leaving certificate or other academic document. If the student’s class rank does not appear on the above-mentioned documents, the rank can be provided to the NAIA Eligibility Center via the NAIA High School Portal.

EXCEPTION 1: Completion of nine institutional credit hours prior to identification at any institution of higher education can be used if no class rank appears on the final official high school transcript. The credit hours must be completed with a grade of “C” or better. The coursework must be accepted as institutional credit on the certifying NAIA institution’s official transcript. The coursework must also be shown as earned prior to the term in which the student wishes to compete, as indicated on an official transcript. For CLEP or AP credit not applied to the transcript within a term, official documentation issued by the testing service noting the date the exam was taken will suffice.

 

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