How To Transfer In College


Spencer Moeller

Transferring to a different college can be a stressful and time consuming process. After attending 3 universities during my college career, I found it extremely difficult to understand the rules and regulations that govern each league. Below you will find how to transfer from an NCAA D1, D2, D3 and NAIA football program.

Transferring from a current NCAA Division I school

Per NCAA Division I Bylaw 13.1.1.3, you shall request written permission to contact from your current school to permit a new NCAA school any direct or indirect contact. When you are ready to begin, contact your current director of athletics or compliance office with a written request. Your request shall be either granted or denied within seven business days. If denied, you may request a hearing opportunity with your current school to appeal the denied decision. Ask your compliance office for a copy of your school’s hearing opportunity policies and procedures, including a deadline by which you must request your hearing.

Effective Oct. 15, 2018 – “Notification of Transfer”

An NCAA Division I student-athlete shall request a “notification of transfer” through their current compliance office. A student-athlete may initiate the notification-of- transfer process by providing his or her institution with a written notification of transfer at any time. The student- athlete’s institution shall enter his or her information into the national transfer database within two business days of receipt of the student-athlete’s request. Your current NCAA Division I institution shall have written policies related to the implications of a student-athlete providing written notification of transfer, including a description of services and benefits (e.g., academic support services, access to athletics facilities, etc.) and impact to your current athletics aid agreement that will change upon receipt of the student-athlete’s request for notification of transfer. Such policies shall be published and generally available to student-athletes (e.g., student-athlete handbook or school website).

Transferring from a current NCAA Division II school

Per NCAA Division II Bylaw 13.1.1.2, a student-athlete shall request written permission to contact from your current school to permit a new NCAA school any direct or indirect contact. Contact your current director of athletics or compliance office with a written request. Your request shall be either granted or denied within 14 calendar days. If denied, you may request a hearing opportunity with your current school to appeal the denial. Ask your compliance office for a copy of your school’s hearing opportunity policies and procedures, including a deadline by which you must request your hearing. If permission is not granted, the new NCAA school shall not encourage the transfer and shall not provide athletically related financial assistance to the student-athlete until the student-athlete has attended the new NCAA school for at least one academic year.

Transferring from a current NCAA Division III school

Per NCAA Division III Bylaw 13.1.1.2, a student-athlete shall request written permission to contact from your current school to permit a new NCAA school any direct or indirect contact. When you are ready to begin, contact your current director of athletics or compliance office with a written request. Your request shall be either granted or denied within seven business days. If denied, you may request a hearing opportunity with your current school to appeal the denial. Please ask your compliance office fora copy of your school’s hearing opportunity policies and procedures, including a deadline by which you must request your hearing. If permission is not granted, the new NCAA school shall not encourage the transfer and, specifically, a new NCAA Division I or Division II school shall not provide athletically related financial assistance to the student-athlete until the student-athlete has attended the new NCAA Division I or Division II school for at least one academic year.

If you are a current NCAA Division III student-athlete wishing to contact another NCAA Division III school, visit ncaa.org/recruiting to download the NCAA Division III self-release form. This form will contain instructions on how to complete and submit to the new NCAA Division III school. If the initial 30-day contact period expires after submitting the first form, and the student-athlete is still undecided, you must submit a second self-release form, which then requires the new NCAA Division III school to notify the current school of this recruiting activity.

Transferring from a current NAIA school

NCAA recruiting rules require any NAIA student-athlete wishing to contact an NCAA Division I or Division III school to first obtain a permission to contact from their current NAIA school. Consult with the director of athletics at your NAIA school for your request when ready. You may also write to any NCAA Division I or Division III school to request they ask your current NAIA school for a permission to contact, if necessary. If permission-to-contact is not granted, the new NCAA Division I or Division III school may not encourage the transfer. For any NAIA student-athlete wishing to contact an NCAA Division II school, permission to contact is not required to begin speaking with the NCAA Division II school. However, if the NCAA Division II school chooses to begin recruiting you, it is obligated by NCAA recruiting rules to notify your NAIA school of any recruiting activity.

Spencer Moeller


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