- Players wishing to transfer to a new college must inform their coaches before speaking to potential teams.
- In most cases, a transfer player must attend classes and maintain good academic standing at the new school for a full year before he's eligible to play. In other words, a player transferring at the end of the 2007-08 school year won't be eligible to play until the start of 2009-10.
- Transfer students are still held to the "four in five" rule, which states that they must complete their four years' eligibility in five total seasons.
- Individual conferences may have additional restrictions governing transfers. For example, the Big East does not allow any intra-conference transfers in men's or women's basketball or football.
ExceptionsThough rare, there are cases where the one-year waiting period has been waived. The most common reason for a waiver is a family hardship -- a player might transfer to a school closer to home to help care for a sick relative, for example.
Junior college transfers -- commonly referred to as jucos or juco transfers do not need to wait the year to play, so long as they graduate from their two-year programs and meet NCAA academic requirements.
The NCAA had a rule which allowed student-athletes transitioning from undergraduate programs to graduate programs to play without waiting a year, but that rule has since been eliminated.