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Division I Progress-Toward-Degree Requirements

Progress-toward-degree requirements are designed to guide student-athletes toward graduation. The standards help student-athletes take the appropriate steps toward earning their degree. Standards include minimum grade-point average, term-by-term and annual credit hour requirements, and percentage-of-degree requirements. Student-athletes who do not meet the requirements are not eligible for competition; however, a progress-toward-degree waiver may be filed to possibly regain eligibility (Academic Waivers). Two-year and four-year transfer student-athletes also are required to meet certain progress-toward-degree benchmarks at the time of transfer. Additionally, transfer student-athletes must have been academically eligible at their previous school to use the one-time transfer exception and be eligible for athletically related financial aid at the school to which they are transferring.

Progress-Toward-Degree Requirements
Academic Requirements Prior to the Second Year of Enrollment Prior to the Third Year of Enrollment Prior to the Fourth Year of Enrollment Prior to the Fifth Year of Enrollment
Regular Academic Term 6 semester/6 quarter hours of credit 6 semester/6 quarter hours of credit 6 semester/6 quarter hours of credit 6 semester/6 quarter hours of credit
Regular Academic Year 18 semester/27 quarter hours of credit 18 semester/27 quarter hours of credit 18 semester/27 quarter hours of credit 18 semester/27 quarter hours of credit
Degree Credit Credits accepted toward any degree offered at the institution Credits used must go toward the designated degree Credits used must go toward the designated degree Credits used must go toward the designated degree
Annual/Percentage-of-Degree 24 semester/36 quarter hours of credit 40-percent of the designated degree must be completed 60-percent of the designated degree must be completed 80-percent of the designated degree must be completed
Grade-Point Average 90-percent of the minimum GPA required for graduation (1.8 if a 2.0 is the minimum) 95-percent of the minimum GPA required for graduation (1.9 if a 2.0 is the minimum) 100-percent of the minimum GPA required for graduation (2.0 if 2.0 is the minimum) 100-percent of the minimum GPA required for graduation (2.0 if 2.0 is the minimum)
Application of Progress-Toward-Degree Legislation
Bylaw Description Application
14.4.3.1.3.1
14.4.3.1.4.2
Baseball student-athletes who fail to meet the credit hour requirements prior to the fall are ineligible for the remainder of the academic year All baseball student-athletes
14.4.3.1.6 Football student-athletes who do not earn 9-semester/8-quarter hours during the fall term and fail to earn the eligibility point may not be eligible to compete during the first four games during the next season All football student-athletes
14.4.3.1.7 Credit hours are based on hours earned or accepted for degree credit All student-athletes
14.5.5.2.10-(c) Four-year transfer student-athletes must have been academically eligible at the previous institution to use the one-time transfer exception All four-year transfer student-athletes
14.5.5.4 Four-year transfer student-athletes must have been academically eligible at the previous institution to receive athletically related financial aid at the certifying institution All four-year transfer student-athletes