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It is the student's responsibility to be aware of the eligibility requirement as they apply to their individual academic and athletic path. There are a few kinds of student athlete eligibility that each student needs to keep in mind.

Your responsibilities as a student athlete are:

  1. To understand your ARC (and transfer) eligibility requirements
  2. To develop a Student Athlete Education Plan (With Athletic Counselor)
  3. To follow your education plan and update it every semester
  4. To check in with your Athletic Counselor if anything changes


IMPORTANT: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, eligibility rules are different for incoming and returning student athletes. Please meet with your athletic counselor to discuss which rules apply to your situation.

American River College Eligibility

NCAA Eligibility

NAIA Eligibility

Quick Tips to Stay Eligible

  • Meet with an Athletic Counselor every semester
  • Do not drop classes until you confirm with an Athletic Counselor
  • Know the eligibility rules that apply to you (it's your life, take control of it)
  • Utilize campus resources (Tutoring, DSP&S, Financail Aid, etc.)


American River College EligibilityARC Logo

ARC is part of the CCCAA (California Community Colleges Athletic Association) and follows the CCCAA Constitution and Bylaws.

Click here to download printable handout on eligibility rules.

In Season Eligiblity

  • 12 - Must be enrolled in 12 units for the duration of the semester.
  • 9 - 9 of the 12 units must be in academic course work.
  • Must be enrolled in the ARC Sport class to participate (even if redshirting) in the ARC team.
  • Must be registered, enrolled, and attending class no later than four weeks after the first day of class. Second 8 weeks courses DO NOT count toward eligibility and may be used ONLY in addition to the 12 units the student is enrolled in and attending at the start of the semester.
  • If the season of sport spans two 2 semesters, at American River College that includes men's and women's basketball, a student athlete must be enrolled and attending 12 units fall and spring semesters.
  • ARC athletes can attend courses at other Los Rios colleges and count the course work toward their unit requirements with no minimum units required here at ARC, with the exception of students who need to establish residency.

Second Season Continuing Eligibility

  • Once a student competes in any scheduled game, meet, or match, the student must complete and pass:
  • 6 - Must successfully pass 6 units during most recent semester enrolled full time.
  • 18 - Complete and Pass 18 Academic units.
  • 24 - Complete and Pass 24 Overall units. May use summer classes for this requirement only.
  • 2.0 Maintain a cumulative 2.0 GPA (grade point average) in the courses completed starting with the first competition in ANY sport.
  • Residency: All student athletes who competed at any other California community college have to establish residency with ARC by completing 12 units (8 unit maximum in the summer) before the semester of competition begins. Students who competed at other Los Rios Community colleges will also have to complete residency requirements.

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NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) EligibilityNCAA Logo

Member Schools by Division

NCAA Eligibility Center - Determine your eligibility for Division I and Division II programs directly out of high school. This must be completed by all student athletes that compete at a Division I or II institution.

NCAA Initial Eligibility Quick Reference Guide Handout

Steps to Register:

  1. Register at the NCAA Eligibility Center site.
  2. Send your high school transcripts. HS Transcripts Request Form
  3. Send your SAT or ACT scores. Use code 9999. SAT or ACT
  4. Let your Athletic Counselor know when you have completed these steps, so your eligibility status and transfer requirements can be determined.

NOTE: All student athletes who have not completed this process will be considered a NON-QUALIFIER for NCAA transfer purposes and your education plan will reflect this status.

NCAA Transfer Requirements

Determine your eligibility requirements for Division I, Division II and Division III programs upon transfer from American River College.

NCAA & NAIA Transfer Rules Quick Reference Guide

Take the Quiz to see what rules apply to you!

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NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) EligibilityNAIA Logo

Member Schools

All student athletes competing at an NAIA institution must register with the NAIA Eligibility Center to become eligible.

Click here to register: NAIA Eligibility Center

NOTE: No high school transcripts or SAT/ACT scores are being requested by the NAIA at this time.

NAIA Transfer Requirements

Determine your eligibility requirements for NAIA programs upon transfer from American River College. Click the links below:

NAIA Basic Transfer Rules

Transfer Rules (Quick Reference Guide)

NOTE: To view the basic transfer requirements, scroll down on the page. An Athletic Counselor can help you develop a plan to meet your requirements.

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