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NCAA Eligibility Center provides additional guidance for high schools

Separate review of online learning not required for schools that already have NCAA-approved core courses

In an effort to provide clarity to students and parents making decisions regarding the 2020-21 academic year, the NCAA Eligibility Center is providing additional guidance for distance, e-learning or hybrid options made available by schools with NCAA-approved core courses.

Distance, E-learning and Hybrid Options

Question: How will the Eligibility Center approach schools with NCAA-approved core courses that offer distance, e-learning or hybrid options for students in the 2020-21 academic year due to COVID-19?

Answer: Consistent with the approach to reviews in spring/summer 2020, the Eligibility Center will not require a separate review of distance, e-learning or hybrid programs offered by schools with NCAA-approved core courses in response to COVID-19 for the 2020-21 academic year. Students may complete their NCAA-approved core courses through the channels of instruction provided or recommended by their school, district or state department of education.

For parents administering home-school curriculum, please review the information included in the Eligibility Center home-school resources, located here.

Note: This policy will apply to students from all grade levels (e.g., freshmen, sophomores) who complete distance, e-learning or hybrid courses offered by schools with NCAA-approved core courses in the 2020-21 academic year.

These changes may not capture all unique scenarios; however, NCAA customer service is available to assist with questions 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Eastern time Monday-Friday at 877-262-1492 (domestic students and Canadian students outside Quebec) and at ncaa.org/contactinternational (international students including Quebec). The Eligibility Center will continue to monitor the environment and make determinations on extension of other COVID-19 relief policies as more information becomes available.