NCAA / UGA Academic Policies

1.       ADVISING:  All students are assigned an adviser by their school or major department.  You must be advised before you will be allowed to register.  The computer registration system, OASIS, has a flag which prohibits registration until the flag is lifted by an academic advisor.  Since athletes have an early registration date, it is important to get an advising appointment early in the semester!  If you register for courses other than those your adviser recommended, you should discuss the changes with your adviser.

2.       CPC DEFICIENCIES:  Students admitted with CPC deficiencies must remove them before earning 30 hours. If not, you must register for the deficiency-removing course.  NCAA rules treat CPC courses as remedial.

3.       SCHOLASTIC PROBATION AND DISMISSAL:  Any student who makes LESS than a 2.00 (C) cumulative GPA will be placed on scholastic probation.  To clear probation you must get back to a 2.00 cumulative GPA.  You can be dismissed after two semesters on probation.  See the UGA Bulletin for more information.


1.       CLASS ATTENDANCE:  You are expected to attend every class.  The Athletic Association has an attendance policy withholding you from competition for missing class. See the Student- Athlete Handbook for details.

2.       TEAM TRIPS:  If your team will miss class because of out-of-town competition during the semester, you are expected to discuss the absences with your teachers within the first three days of the semester.  This will allow you the option of drop/add if necessary.  Coaches will give you a letter outlining the days to be missed so you can show it to your teachers.

3.       BOOKS:  Students on book scholarship should attend class before reporting to the athletic academic counselor for their sport.  You will be given instructions about picking up your books from the University Bookstore.  NO PERSONAL SUPPLIES CAN BE CHARGED TO BOOK FORM!!  This includes pens and notebooks.  You must return all books for a course if you drop or withdraw from it.  Students who do not return books from a dropped or withdrawn class will have to pay for those books.

4.       SUMMER SCHOOL:  Summer school scholarship money is not guaranteed to any student-athlete.  The NCAA has established restrictions on summer school athletic aid and permission to attend on scholarship will be determined on the merits of each case.  A summer aid request form must be completed each spring to receive summer aid.



It is your responsibility to read your e-mail on UGA Mail on a regular basis and to check your student account and other information.  E-mail  is the only way the University will communicate with students about course cancellations, grades, financial aid award letters, parking permits, etc.

1.       PELL GRANTS:  Students who qualify for a federal Pell Grant may receive money for certain expenses through the NCAA Opportunity Fund. The expenses include medical and dental bills, travel for family emergencies and clothing and shoes ($700 maximum).  Students who believe they qualify for the program should apply as soon as possible.  Contact Robert Miles at the Rankin Smith Academic Center for information.

2.       STUDENT ATHLETE OPPORTUNITY FUND – Money is available for graduate school exams, hardship situations and job interview suits through the NCAA SAOF.  See your Student Handbook for more information.

3.       HOPE SCHOLARSHIP: It is your responsibility to be aware of the regulations involving the HOPE Scholarship (i.e. hours required and GPA needed).  It is not the job of athletic association counselors to track your eligibility or advise you about retaining the HOPE Scholarship.

4.       OUTSIDE AID: If you receive aid from any source other than the Athletic Association or the UGA Financial Aid Office, you must report that on your compliance paperwork or notify Glada Horvat. There are many NCAA rules that restrict sources of aid and each one must be checked for compliance.



1.       HOURS TO SCHEDULE:  NCAA regulations require that an athlete MUST be enrolled in a MINIMUM of 12 hours for the ENTIRE SEMESTER.  Anyone who drops below 12 hours CANNOT PRACTICE OR COMPETE.  Independent Study may not be used towards the NCAA 12-hour requirement!!!

No one is allowed to withdraw from any class without permission of an athletic academic counselor.  Classes must be added during the drop/add period the first week of the semester.   Withdrawal must be done by the midpoint withdrawal date to receive W’s instead of WF’s.  There is a limit of four W’s in your career at UGA.

2.       PROGRESS TOWARD DEGREE:  A student must pass a minimum of 24 semester hours of degree credit in the first year of enrollment.  At least 18 of these hours must come from Fall and Spring.  NCAA rules allow a first-year student to 6 hours of remedial credit towards the 24-hour requirement.  Some credit for UNIV classes will NOT count in the 24 hours. Check with your athletic academic counselor.  In the second, third and fourth years of enrollment, a student must earn 18 hours of degree credit during the academic year (Fall/Spring Semesters – not summer).

Under NCAA rules, freshmen and sophomores may have unspecified majors.  A student/athlete MUST have a specified major by the first day of class of the junior year.  (2.0+ required) Neither a “pre-major” nor an “Intended-major” is sufficient for NCAA  (i.e. pre-journalism, pre-business, pre-medicine, I-sports management, etc.).  NOTE:  Satisfactory progress rules do not allow counting grades of C- or D in courses for which a C is required.  (Example:  ENGL 1101, major classes, etc.)


**40% degree credits earned prior to third year of enrollment (49 hours)

**60% degree credits earned prior to fourth year of enrollment (73 hours)

**80% of degree credits earned prior to fifth year of enrollment (97 hours)


          1.80 GPA prior to second year of enrollment; 1.90 GPA prior to third year of enrollment; 2.00 GPA prior to fourth and fifth years of enrollment.   NCAA rule requires that these GPAs be recertified at mid-year so you cannot drop below the minimum with your fall semester grades and continue to compete in the spring.

5.       SEC SIX-HOUR RULE: Six hours of degree credit must be earned in the term prior to a postseason football bowl game or an NCAA championship for a student to be eligible for postseason competition.  Grades from fall count for: football, basketball, equestrian, gymnastics, swimming, indoor track and grades from spring count for:  cross country, volleyball, soccer, baseball, softball, tennis, golf and outdoor track.  PEDB 1990 cannot be used to meet the SEC six hour rule.

You may not compete in an SEC Championship unless you pass six hours in the term preceding the championship.  Grades from fall count for: basketball, equestrian, golf, gymnastics, softball, swimming, tennis, indoor and outdoor track.  Grades from spring count for: baseball, football, soccer, volleyball and cross country.  And, if you are declared ineligible to compete in the SEC Championship, you may not participate in the NCAA postseason competition even if you pass six hours for that semester.  For example, a golfer is ineligible for the SEC Championship in April based on not passing six hours during the fall semester. Even though spring semester grades have been reported when the NCAA Championship begins, the student is ineligible to play.

6.     **NCAA SIX-HOUR RULEYou must pass six hours of degree credit in the fall to continue competing in the spring.  Likewise, fall sport participants must pass six hours in the spring to compete in the upcoming fall.  The hours must be credit needed in YOUR degree program.  

7.       FOOTBALL has two additional  important rules:  1) NCAA 6-hour rule for postseason competition.  You must pass six hours of credit in your degree program to compete in a bowl game and cannot use PE credit. 2) You must earn 9 hours in the fall to play the next season without a four-game suspension.

8.       PE CREDIT:  Only one basic PE credit may be used for progress toward degree eligibility requirements.  Varsity sport participants can enroll in one hour of credit for PEDB 1990 each semester (except summer).  You will not automatically get this credit–you must ask an athletic counselor for the call number during registration.