NCAA Introduces Language That Could Slow Graduate Transfers


On Friday, an NCAA Division 1 Transfer Protocol working group announced several new proposals that impact athletes wanting to transfer between schools.

One proposal would force schools to count a graduate transfer's scholarship against the new school's scholarship count for two years, even if the transferring player only has one year of eligibility remaining. However, if the graduate transfer actually completes a graduate degree within one year on the roster, this scholarship would only count against the school's scholarship total for one year. A graduate transfer would still count against the team’s 85-player limit for one year, but a player who does not graduate within this single year of eligibility would be required to count the scholarship for two years.

Here is the exact language from the NCAA:

"Require schools to count financial aid for postgraduate transfers who receive athletics aid and have one season of eligibility remaining in football, women’s basketball and men’s basketball against team limits for two years, regardless of whether the student-athlete remains enrolled after exhausting athletics eligibility. However, a student who successfully completes all degree requirements before the start of the second year would not count in the second year."


This could potentially make teams less likely to accept a graduate transfer considering the new school's likelihood of losing a scholarship in the following year.

  • A second proposal allows for athletes enrolled in summer school to transfer and play immediately if their head coach were to leave the program prior to the first day of fall classes.

  • A third proposal allows walk-ons to transfer schools and play immediately at their new school.

  • A fourth proposal would stop athletes from playing for more than one team during the same championship season.

What are your thoughts on all of this NCAA transfer hoopla?