Student athletes who will be accepting an athletic scholarship from a Division I or II College must register with the NCAA Eligibility Center after their junior year. The NCAA requires that this registration be done on-line at their website at www.ncaa.org. Check out the “Guide for the College-Bound Student Athlete,” which contains detailed information about eligibility for Divisions I, II, and III. Students complete the eligibility form on-line and then must request their official transcript be sent to the NCAA Eligibility Center. The official transcript is used by the NCAA Eligibility Center to open a file for that student-athlete. College coaches can then access information about that student's academic record, to determine their potential for qualifying for an athletic scholarship. Your final transcript is sent to the NCAA Eligibility Center by your school counselor after graduation. The NCAA will not classify you as eligible until you have met all requirements and have received your diploma.
To determine if a student-athlete is eligible to receive an athletic scholarship, the NCAA Eligibility Center uses the student's core grade point average. The core GPA includes only English, Math, Science, and Social Studies, and other approved electives (foreign language and other academic electives.) Religion, Physical Education, and Fine Arts courses cannot be used in determining the student's core GPA. The "Guide for the College-Bound Student Athlete" provides details about how to calculate the core GPA and determine eligibility.
The NAIA also has an Eligibility Center- PLAYNAIA. This helps future student-athletes discover and connect with NAIA schools, coaches and athletic scholarships. Every student-athlete must register with the NAIA Eligibility Center to play sports at an NAIA college or university. Students read the NAIA Guide for College Bound Athletes. At this time, no specific grades or test scores are required, but an official transcript must be sent to the NAIA.