Daily Compliance Item- 12.29.15- 14.4.3.5.2- AP Credits

True or False

Touch Back, a freshman football student-athlete at Ocean State University (OSU), earned 6 hours of advanced placement credit prior to enrolling at OSU in the fall. These credits do not have to be included when certifying Touch’s eligibility at the conclusion of the 2015-16 academic year?

True. However, if the credits are not used at the conclusion of the 2015-16 academic year, they cannot be used with any subsequent certifications.

NCAA Staff Interpretation- 3/28/14- Use of Advanced Placement Credit and Credit from Other Institutions to Meet Progress-Toward-Degree Requirements (I)– states that credits earned prior to initial full-time collegiate enrollment via advanced placement courses, examination and/or from another institution are not required to be used to satisfy the 24/36 credit-hour requirement and percentage of degree requirements (i.e., 40/60/80). However, if credits earned prior to initial full-time collegiate enrollment from either advanced placement courses, examination and/or from another institution are used to certify a progress-toward-degree requirement, the credits may not be excluded from subsequent certifications.

[References: NCAA Division I Bylaws 14.3.5.4 (advanced placement), 14.3.5.4.1 (international certification), 14.4.3.1 (fulfillment of credit-hour requirements), 14.4.3.2 (fulfillment of percentage of degree requirements), 14.4.3.4.2 (advanced-placement tests/credit by examination), 14.4.3.4.7 (credits from other institutions), and an official interpretation (10/01/03, Item No. 1)]

Jennifer M. Condaras
Associate Commissioner
BIG EAST Conference

The opinions expressed in the Daily Compliance Item are the author’s and the author’s alone, and are not endorsed by The BIG EAST Conference, JumpForward, or the Collegiate Sports Group of Bond, Schoeneck, and King. The Daily Compliance Item is not a substitute for a compliance office, case specific research, or the NCAA Bylaws. Do some homework, ask around, and get it right.

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