ByLaws 1.0

  • Mid-Year Eligibility for Freshmen - Article V, Section C, Item 5: Mid-Year Eligibility & 9-Hour Rule Bylaw Wording Definition of an Entering Freshman, V.B.5 : A student who upon becoming identified with an NAIA institution has not been previously identified [...]
  • Use of Non-Term Credits – Reliance on Transcript - For the 2021 Convention, the membership passed a bylaw on how to apply inter-term credit earned for eligibility purposes. While this bylaw application is listed under Article V, Section B, Item 10: Definition for Inter-Term, [...]
  • 24/36-Hour Rule Exception Junior College Transfers - Article V, Section C, Item 6, Exception 2 states: EXCEPTION 2: A transfer student who has met the graduation requirements for an associate degree from a junior college will be exempt from meeting the 24/36-Hour [...]
  • Progress Rule vs. 24/36-Hour Rule - The two core NAIA continuing eligibility requirements, the 24/36-Hour Rule and the Progress Rule, are often mistaken for one another. However, they represent separate concepts and are to be applied independently. Previous installments of this series [...]
  • Progress Rule GPA & Exception - Bylaw Article V, Section C, Item 9b and exception Amended at the 2021 National Convention – Applicible for all eligibility decisions May 1, 2022 and thereafter. “To participate in a second, third and/or fourth season [...]
  • Credits Used for 12-Hour Enrollment Rule - Bylaw: Article V, Section C, Item 3 “The student must be identified and enrolled in a minimum of 12 institutional credit hours at the time of participation.” Interpretation A student may use test credit or [...]
  • 24/36-Hour Rule Exception 3: Competition After Two Quarter Terms of Attendance - Bylaw: Article V, Section C, Item 6 “A student in a quarter system must have accumulated 24 institutional credit hours in the previous two quarter terms of attendance if completion of three quarter terms of [...]
  • Progress Rule Exception Mixed Terms - Bylaw: Article V, Section C, Item 9 “To participate a second season in a sport, all students must have accumulated at least 24 semester/36 quarter (or equivalent) institutional credit hours. EXCEPTION: A freshman who initially [...]
  • Progress Rule Calculation: Term Totals vs. Accumulated Totals - Bylaw: Article V, Section C, Item 9 “To participate a second season in a sport, all students must have accumulated at least 24 semester/36 quarter (or equivalent) institutional credit hours…To participate the third season in [...]
  • 48-Hour General Education Requirement, Transfer Students - Bylaw: Article V, Section C, Item 9 “To participate the fourth season in a sport, all students must have accumulated at least 72 semester/108 quarter (or equivalent) institutional credit hours, at least 48 semester/72 quarter [...]

ByLaws 2.0

  • 2022 Graduate Student Eligibility Interp - At the 2022 NAIA National Convention, the National Eligibility Committee (NEC) reviewed the continuing eligibility requirements for graduate students and made the ruling that graduate students who have completed at least one term of attendance [...]
  • Retaining Eligibility for NAIA Postseason - Bylaw: Article V, Section D, Item 4 “A student who is eligible during the regular sport season for a particular sport and who is eligible at the end of the regular sport season shall retain [...]
  • Undergraduate Courses for Graduate Identification - Bylaw: Article V, Section D, Item 5 “A student who has completed all academic requirements for graduation from a four-year institution as defined by that institution shall no longer be eligible to compete in intercollegiate [...]
  • Second Major Area of Study - Bylaw: Article V, Section D, Item 5 “A student who has completed all academic requirements for graduation from a four-year institution as defined by that institution shall no longer be eligible to compete in intercollegiate [...]