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College Sports - NAIA, NCAA

Prospective College Student-Athlete


Students that are anticipating to participate in athletics at the collegiate level need to access the NAIA and/or the NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse to learn about the courses, grade point average, and ACT scores that are required.  There are many rules and regulations that prospective college student-athlete must adhere to so it is recommended that students and parents access the NCAA or NAIA web site beginning the student's ninth grade year.  Every prospective student-athlete that has interest in participating in athletics at a Division I, Division II or Division III institution must register with either NAIA or NCAA Eligibility Clearinghouse and submit the appropriate documents.  Registering with Eligibility Clearinghouse and meeting the academic and amateurism eligibility allows the student to participate in collegiate athletics and gives them the ability to receive athletic-based financial aid. 











ACT or SAT test scores must come directly from the testing agency.  When completing  registration for the ACT or SAT you must release your scores to the Clearinghouse.  The following code should be used

NAIA - 9876

NCAA - 9999


    National Collegiate Athletic Association

    National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics

    National Junior College Athletic Association


If you plan on participating in athletics at the college level it it highly recommended that you complete registration through the respective eligibility centers during your junior year in high school. 


Know the eligibility requirements of the different organizations!  There are different course requirements and grade point averages for each organization that must be obtained to be eligible to participate in collegiate sports.   





Do I have to register with the NCAA, NAIA or NJCAA?

Yes, these are three distinct organizations and each has their own set of eligibility requirements.

You should register at both if you are unsure as a student-athlete whether you would like to play in the NCAA group of colleges, at a NAIA college or even at your local community college.


NCAA registration and eligibility

and visit the NCAA to register at

NAIA registration and eligibility

You should visit the NAIA website to register at Watch this video. In 2010 the NAIA started their eligibility center. Quick look for eligibility requirements. See FAQ. or get Transfer information.


and visit the NJCAA (community / junior college) to register at


Make sure you read and understand the eligibility rules while at each site.