Transfer Information

Student-athletes are permitted to transfer to other four-year institutions in accordance with the NCAA and NLI rules and regulations set forth below. Visit the Compliance Office for additional information.

Permission to Contact

  • Student-athletes interested in transferring to another NCAA or NAIA institution must provide that institution with permission to contact from the SJSU Compliance Office. SJSU must respond to a student-athlete's written request for permission to contact within seven business days. If SJSU fails to respond to a student-athlete's written request within this time frame, permission shall be granted by default and SJSU shall provide written permission to the student-athlete
  • Hearing Opportunity: If SJSU delays or denies a student-athlete's request for permission to contact other institutions about transferring, the student-athlete will be notified in writing by the Compliance Office of the opportunity for a hearing conducted by an institutional committee outside of the DIA. The hearing must be conducted and written results of the hearing provided to the student-athlete within 15 business days of receipt of the student-athlete's written request for a hearing. The student-athlete shall be provided the opportunity to actively participate (e.g., in person, via telephone) in the hearing. If SJSU fails to conduct the hearing or provide the written results to the student-athlete within this time frame, permission to contact shall be granted by default and SJSU shall provide written permission to the student-athlete.
  • Reduction or Cancellation of Aid: A request for permission to contact another NCAA or NAIA four-year institution regarding a possible transfer does not constitute a voluntary withdrawal justifying a reduction or cancellation of athletics aid.
  • Permission To Contact Appeals Policy
One-Time Transfer Exception

  • One time during a student-athlete's period of eligibility he/she may use the one-time transfer exception to be immediately eligible upon transfer to another four-year institution. This exception to the general rule that requires a student-athlete who transfers to another four-year institution to serve a year in residence before competing at the second institution may be used provided all of the following conditions are met:
    • The student is a participant in a sport other than baseball, basketball, bowl subdivision football or men's ice hockey at the institution to which the student is transferring;
    • The student has not transferred previously from one four-year institution unless, in the previous transfer, the student-athlete received an exception for a discontinued/nonsponsored sport;
    • At the time of transfer to the certifying institution, the student would have been academically eligible had he/she remained at the institution from which the student transferred, except that he or she is not required to have fulfilled the necessary percentage-of-degree requirements at the previous institution; and
    • If the student is transferring from an NCAA or NAIA member institution, the student's previous institution shall certify in writing that it has no objection to the student being granted an exception to the transfer-residence requirement. If an institution receives a written request for a release from a student-athlete, the institution shall grant or deny the request within seven business days. If the institution fails to respond to the student-athlete's written request within seven business days, the release shall be granted by default and the institution shall provide a written release to the student-athlete.
  • Hearing Opportunity: If SJSU delays or denies a student-athlete's request for use of the one-tine transfer exception, the student-athlete will be notified in writing by the Compliance Office of the opportunity for a hearing conducted by an institutional committee outside of the DIA. The hearing must be conducted and written results of the hearing provided to the student-athlete within 15 business days of receipt of the student-athlete's written request for a hearing. The student-athlete shall be provided the opportunity to actively participate (e.g., in person, via telephone) in the hearing. If SJSU fails to conduct the hearing or provide the written results to the student-athlete within this time frame, use of the one-time transfer exception shall be granted by default and SJSU shall provide written permission to use the one-time transfer exception to the student-athlete.
  • One-Time Transfer Exception Policy
National Letter of Intent (NLI) Release (Applicable only if the student-athlete signed an NLI and is in his/her first year of residence at SJSU)
  • If a student-athlete fails to fulfill the terms of the NLI by not attending the signing institution for one academic year, he/she is subject to the NLI Basic Penalty, which requires the student-athlete to lose one season of competition in all sports and to serve one academic year in residence at the next NLI institution before competing, unless he/she is granted a release from the signing institution.
  • For questions and answers regarding the NLI itself and the NLI Release Policy, please visit http://www.ncaa.org/wps/wcm/connect/nli/nli.
Additional Transfer Information: For more information concerning transfers and transfer academic eligibility requirements, please visit NCAA Transfer Guide.