Sky Hook is a men’s basketball prospect. Sky was deemed a non-qualifier out of high school but recieved an initial eligibility waiver to practice, receive athletic aid and compete during his initial year of enrollment at a four-year institution. For personal reasons, Sky decided to enroll at a two-year college instead. Now Sky wants to enroll at Ocean State University (OSU) this fall. True or False, OSU will consider Sky a qualifier for purposes of fulfilling the two-year college transfer requirements for eligibility this fall.
True. NCAA Staff Interpretation- 1/10/14- Application of Two-Year College Transfer Rules to a Nonqualifier Who Received a Fully Approved Initial-Eligibility Waiver (I) – states that a nonqualifier who previously received a fully approved initial-eligibility waiver (e.g., obvious waiver, automatic waiver, waiver approved by NCAA staff) to permit athletically related financial aid, practice and competition in the initial year of full-time collegiate enrollment is considered a qualifier for purposes of the application of the two-year college transfer requirements.
[References: NCAA Bylaws 18.104.22.168 (qualifier); 22.214.171.124 (initial-eligibility waivers); 126.96.36.199 (qualifier); 188.8.131.52 (not a qualifier); and 14.5.6 (4-2-4 college transfers)]