Nick L. Safety, a senior in HS, is interested in participating on the football team at Ocean State University next year. During this academic year, Nick is enrolled in three courses at a college in his hometown. He is taking these courses through an established program offered at his HS. Nick will receive both HS graduation and college credit for these two courses.
By taking the college courses, does Nick start his five-year eligibility clock?
No, as long as he does not participate in intercollegiate athletics while enrolled in the joint program. NCAA Bylaw 188.8.131.52 states that a student-athlete’s eligibility under the five-year rule does not begin while a student is enrolled in a collegiate institution in a joint high school/college academic program for high school students in which the courses count as both high school graduation credit and college credit, provided the student has not officially graduated from high school and does not participate in intercollegiate athletics while enrolled in the joint program. (Revised: 11/1/01 effective 8/1/02)