College Athletics Information
Guide for seniors interested in playing college athletics
Guide provided by the NCAA
It is important to let your school counselor know if you plan to play a Division I or II sport in order to ensure you are in the correct classes.
Playing NCAA Division I or II Sports
Every college-bound student-athlete who is attending an NCAA Division I or II institution for the first time, must be certified by the NCAA Eligibility Center. There is no deadline to register with the clearinghouse, however, college-bound student-athletes must be certified as an amateur before they may receive an athletics scholarship or practice or compete at a Division I or II institution. Below is a list of steps and general information that will assist you in the process of becoming eligible.
- Register with the NCAA Clearinghouse. Go to eligibilitycenter.org and complete the Student Release Form, the amateurism questionnaire, and pay the registration fee. You can only register online with the Clearinghouse!
- Request that your six semester (end of junior year) transcript be sent to the NCAA Clearinghouse.
- Request from ACT/SAT that your test scores be sent to the Clearinghouse. The NCAA no longer accepts ACT/SAT scores from your transcript – scores must come directly from the testing agencies!! When registering for the SAT or ACT, input the Eligibility Center code of 9999 to make sure the score is reported directly to the Eligibility Center.
- After April 1st of your senior year, you must log on to complete the amateurism certification questionnaire. You will also need to request that a final transcript be sent to the NCAA.
- Fee waivers are available to those who qualify. You must be eligible for an ACT and/or SAT fee waiver in order to receive an NCAA registration fee waiver. See your counselor for more details.
- IMPORTANT: There has been a big change with the new academic requirements for students in order for them to be eligible to receive an athletic scholarship as well as play a college sport. You need to make sure to visit with your high school coach, counselor, athletics director, and college coach to make sure that you are eligible to receive an athletic scholarship. You can find the updated eligibility requirements at http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/eligibility_center/Quick_Reference_Sheet.pdf
NAIA College Athletics
Every college-bound student-athlete who is attending an NAIA institution for the first time, must be certified by the NAIA Eligibility Center. The NAIA Eligibility Center is responsible for determining the NAIA eligibility of first-time student-athletes. Any student playing NAIA championship sports for the first time must meet the eligibility requirements. Students must have their eligibility determined by the NAIA Eligibility Center, and all NAIA schools are bound by the center's decisions. Below is a list of steps and general information that will assist you in the process of becoming eligible.
- Register with the NAIA Eligibility Center. Go to playnaia.org, create your personal profile, and pay the registration fee ($75).Your personal profile will provide the basic facts about your academic history and sports participation to date. This information along with standardized test scores and official transcripts will be used to make a determination about your initial eligibility.
- Request that your six semester (end of junior year) transcript be sent to the NAIA Eligibility Center.
- Request from ACT/SAT that your test scores be sent to the eligibility center. When registering for the SAT or ACT, input the Eligibility Center code of 9876 to make sure the score is reported directly to the NAIA Eligibility Center.
- Fee waivers are available to those who qualify. You must be eligible for an ACT and/or SAT fee waiver in order to receive an NAIA registration fee waiver. See your counselor for more details.
- There are academic requirements that you must meet in order to be eligible to receive a scholarship. Please make sure that you visit with your college coach, high school coach, athletic director, or counselor to make sure you are eligible.
Do you need to register with the NAIA Eligibility Center if you are registering with the NCAA?
Determining if you meet eligibility requirements for NAIA eligibility is separate from NCAA eligibility certification. The NAIA and NCAA are two separate associations, with two different sets of rules and certification processes.
For more information visit www.playnaia.org. You may also want to access the “NAIAGuide for the College-Bound Student”, which can be found on the NAIA Eligibility Center website.