Eligibility

Academic Status

To be eligible to represent BYU in intercollegiate athletics competition, you shall be enrolled in at least a minimum full-time program of studies, be in good academic standing and maintain satisfactory progress toward a baccalaureate degree. (NCAA Bylaw 14.01.2).

Amateurism

A student-athlete shall not be eligible for participation in an intercollegiate sport if the individual takes or has taken pay, or has accepted the promise of pay in any form, for participation in that sport. (NCAA Bylaw 14.01.3.1).

Amateur Status

An individual loses amateur status and thus shall not be eligible for intercollegiate competition in a particular sport if the individual:

  • Uses his or her athletics skill for pay in any form in that sport;
  • Accepts a promise of pay even if such pay is to be received following completion of intercollegiate- athletics participation;
  • Signs a contract or commitment of any kind to play professional athletics;
  • Receives, directly or indirectly, a salary, reimbursement of expenses or any other form of financial assistance from a professional sports organization based upon athletics skill or participation, except as permitted by NCAA rules and regulations;
  • Competes on any professional athletics team and knows that the team is a professional athletics team, even if no pay or remuneration for expenses was received;
  • Enters into a professional draft or an agreement with an agent. (NCAA Bylaw 12.1.1)

Use of Agents

An individual shall be ineligible for participation in an intercollegiate sport if he or she ever has agreed (orally or in writing) to be represented by an agent for the purpose of marketing his or her athletics ability or reputation in that sport with an agent for representation in future professional sports negotiations that are to take place after the individual has completed his or her eligibility in that sport. (NCAA Bylaw 12.3.1 and 12.3.1.1).

Employment

All compensation received by a student-athlete must be consistent with the limitations on financial aid set forth in Bylaw15.

Compensation may be paid to a student-athlete:

  • Only for work actually performed,and
  • At a rate commensurate with the going rate in that locality for similar services. (NCAA Bylaw 12.4.1)

Advertisements and Promotions Subsequent to Enrollment Subsequent to becoming a student-athlete, an individual shall not be eligible for participation in intercollegiate athletics if the individual:

  • Accepts any remuneration for or permits the use of his or her name or picture to advertise, recommend or promote directly the sale or use of commercial product or service of any kind, or
  • Receives remuneration for endorsing a commercial product or service through the individual's use of such product or service. (NCAA Bylaw 12.5.2.1).

Use of Student-Athlete's Name or Picture with Knowledge or Permission

If a student-athlete's name or picture appears on commercial items (e.g.,T-shirts, sweatshirts, serving trays, playing cards, posters, photographs) or is used to promote a commercial product sold by an individual or agency without the student-athlete's knowledge or permission, the student-athlete (or the institution acting on behalf of the student-athlete) is required to take steps to stop such an activity in order to retain his or her eligibility for intercollegiate athletics. (NCAA Bylaw 12.5.2.2).

Reduction and Cancellation during Period of Award

Institutional financial aid based in any degree on athletics ability may be reduced or canceled during the period of the award if the recipient:

  • Renders himself or herself ineligible for intercollegiate competition; or
  • Fraudulently misrepresents any information on an application, letter of intent or financial aid agreement. (NCAA Bylaw 15.3.4.1).

Misconduct

An institution may cancel or reduce the financial aid of a student-athlete who is found to have engaged in misconduct by the university‚ regular student disciplinary authority. (NCAA Bylaw 15.3.4.1.2).

Hearing Opportunity Required

Any reduction or cancellation of aid is permissible only if such action is taken for proper cause by the regular disciplinary or financial aid authorities of the institution and the student-athlete has been provided written notice of an opportunity for a hearing. (NCAA Bylaw 15.3.4.1.3.).

Reduction or Cancellation Not Permitted

Institutional financial aid based in any degree on athletics ability may not be increase, decreased or canceled during the period of its award:

  • On the basis of a student's athletics ability, performance or contribution to a team, success; or
  • Because of an injury that prevents the recipient from participating in athletics; or
  • For any other athletics reason. (NCAA Bylaw 15.3.4.3).

Athletically Related Condition Prohibition

An institution (BYU) may not set forth an athletically related condition that would permit the institution to reduce or cancel the student-athlete's financial aid during the period of the award if the conditions are not satisfied.

Decrease Not Permitted

An institution (BYU) may not decrease a student-athlete's financial aid from the time the student-athlete signs the financial aid award letter until the conclusion of the period set forth in the financial aid agreement, except under the conditions set forth in 15.3.4.1. (NCAA Bylaw 15.3.4.3.2).

Institutional Obligation

The renewal of institutional financial aid based in any degree on athletics ability shall be made on or before July 1 prior to the academic year in which it is to be effective. The institution shall notify in writing each student-athlete who received an award the previous academic year and who has eligibility remaining in the sort in which financial aid was awarded the previous academic year whether the grant has been renewed or not renewed for the ensuing academic year. Notification of financial aid renewals and non-renewals must come from the institution‚ regular financial aid authority and not from the institution‚ athletics department. (NCAA Bylaw 15.3.6.1).

Drop/Add Course

A student-athlete no longer shall be considered enrolled in a minimum full-time program of studies (after dropping a course that places the student below full-time status) when the dropped course becomes official in accordance with procedures determined by the institution for all student. (NCAA Bylaw 14.1.6.1.2).

Practicing during First Week of Class

A student-athlete may practice, but may not compete, during the institution's first five days of classes if the student-athlete is enrolled in less than a minimum full-time program of studies. (NCAA Bylaw 14.1.6.1.5).

Requirements for Competition

To be eligible for competition, a student-athlete shall be enrolled in at least a minimum full-time program of studies leading to a baccalaureate or equivalent degree as defined by the institution, which shall not be less than 12 semester or quarter hours. (NCAA Bylaw 14.1.6.2).

Final Semester/Quarter

A student-athlete may compete while enrolled in less than a minimum full-time program of studies, provided the student is enrolled in the final semester or quarter of the baccalaureate program and the institution certifies that the student is carrying (for credit) the courses necessary to complete degree requirements. (NCAA Bylaw 14.1.6.2.1.3).

Graduate Program

A student may compete while enrolled in a full-time graduate program as defined by the institution, but in any event not fewer than eight hours. (NCAA Bylaw 14.1.6.2.1.4).

Full-time Program / 12-Hour
Requirement

At the time of competition, a student-athlete shall be enrolled in not less than 12 semester hours, regardless of the institution's definition of a minimum full-time program of studies.

Hours Earned during Regular Academic Year

A student-athlete shall earn at least 75 percent of the minimum number of semester or quarter hours required for satisfactory progress during the regular academic year. The student-athlete shall earn no more than 25 percent of the minimum number of semester or quarter hours required for satisfactory progress during the summer or through correspondence courses taken during the 1993-94 academic year and thereafter. (NCAA Bylaw 14.4.3.1.3).

Designation of Degree Program

A student-athlete shall designate a program of studies leading toward a specific baccalaureate degree at the certifying institution by the beginning of the third year of enrollment (fifth semester) and thereafter shall make satisfactory progress toward that specific degree. This provision shall be applicable to the eligibility not only of a continuing student, but also of a transfer student from a four-year or two-year collegiate institution who is entering his or her third year of collegiate enrollment, even if the student has not yet completed an academic year in residence or utilized a season of eligibility in a sport at the certifying institution. (NCAA Bylaw 14.4.3.1.4).

Hours Earned or Accepted for Degree Credit

The provision that the calculation of credit hours under the satisfactory-progress regulation shall be based on hours earned or accepted for degree credit at the certifying institution in a student-athlete's specific baccalaureate degree program shall be met as follows:

  • During the first two years of enrollment, a student athlete who has not yet designated a specific baccalaureate degree program may use credits acceptable toward any of the institution's degree programs;
  • By the beginning of the third year of enrollment (fifth semester), a student-athlete shall be required to have designated a program of studies leading toward a specific baccalaureate degree. From that point, the credits used to meet the satisfactory progress ments must be degree credit toward the student's designated degree program;
  • A student-athlete who changes his or her designated degree program may comply with the satisfactory progress requirements (1) the change in programs is documented appropriately by the institution's academic authorities, (2) the credits earned prior to the change are acceptable toward the degree previously sought and (3) the credits earned from the time of the change are acceptable toward the new desired degree. (NCAA Bylaw 14.4.3.1.5).

A student-athlete who is entering his or her third year of collegiate enrollment shall have completed successfully at least 25 percent of the course requirements in the student's specific degree program. A student-athlete who is entering his or her fourth year of collegiate enrollment shall have completed successfully at least 50 percent of the course requirements in the student's specific degree program. A student-athlete who is entering his or her fifth year of collegiate enrollment shall have completed successfully at least 75 percent of the course requirements in the student's specific degree program. The course requirements must be in the student's specific degree program. (NCAA Bylaw 14.4.3.2.2).