The NCAA has officially adopted a new one-time transfer policy that will allow student-athletes to change schools without sitting out a season.

This rule has been months — if not years — in the making, but there is now some new information about how this rule will function.

The NCAA has set a July 1 deadline for fall and winter athletes to notify their schools of their intention to transfer. Athletes must meet this deadline in order to maintain eligibility.

In future years, that deadline will be May 1. The NCAA says it extended this year’s deadline due to the timing of this rule change. Exceptions could be made in the event of a head coaching change, the release said. 

Another wrinkle in this new one-time transfer rule: graduate transfers will not receive an exception if the student-athlete has already transferred. Here’s an excerpt from the release:

“Generally, a student-athlete who has previously transferred from another four-year school would not be able to use the one-time exception as a postgraduate transfer. However, a waiver process exists for postgraduate students with a previous transfer history.”

This rules goes into effect immediately.