The NCAA, which classifies CEGEPs as high schools, changed its eligibility rules in August 2007. In a move that somehow eluded CEGEP athletic directors, academic advisers and coaches, the new NCAA rules require CEGEP students to graduate in two years instead of three.This has been touched on at the dot-org. Quite understandably, there is a lot of uncertainty over what this means for the aspirations of Québec student-athletes in terms of opportunities to go south vs. playing in Canada. The understanding here is that it might lead to players having to sit out a season, or only having three years of NCAA eligibility instead of four. The image of someone being left high and dry with a half-done degree comes to mind, but that sounds more like fear-mongering.
Many students ... take three years to complete the requirements for a CEGEP diploma. — Montréal Gazette
It's unclear what this might lead to; everyone's got a theory. One would hope it would lead to more Québec athletes playing at Canadian schools, and maybe lead to more parity, especially in football with Laval and women's hockey with McGill.
Update ... a contact who follows the QSSF very closely has provided some clarity, pointing out this might create a "Québec double cohort" over the next couple years, as some athletes in their third year and some in their second might have their desirability to a NCAA school reduced. After this year, everyone should be able to plan accordingly.
CEGEP athletes hit speed bump on road to U.S.; NCAA's new eligibility requirements create barrier for Quebec students in elite sports programs (David Yates, Montréal Gazette, Nov. 27)