Transfers & Permission to Contact

Do I need a permission to contact form?

A permission to contact is solely an NCAA rule. This bylaw requires that institutions obtain permission from a student’s current school in order to speak to them about transferring. The permission to contact does not serve as a release for the student to participate immediately, it only grants permission to the NCAA institution to speak with the student.

The NAIA does not require a permission to contact, only that the student’s current institution be notified within 10 days that another school is in communication with a student. There is no requirement for return communication from the student’s current institution in the NAIA. Because of this, there can be a lot of confusion from NAIA schools who have had a permission to contact requested from an NCAA school and not responded to it. It is important to note that at the NCAA DII level, if a school does not respond to a permission to contact within fourteen days, the DII school will take a non-response as an automatic granting of permission from the NAIA school.

If you are a student transferring from the NAIA to the NCAA and have questions regarding NCAA bylaws pertaining to transferring, please contact the NCAA or compliance office at the institution you intend to attend. The NAIA is not an official interpreter of NCAA bylaws.