The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)



    NCAA Contact: Mrs. Ewais

    Mrs. Ewais,


    What Is the NCAA Eligibility Center?

    The NCAA is the governing body for college athletics and sets eligibility requirements for universities to participate in NCAA events. Four key factors are considered when determining a student-athlete's eligibility to participate: academic, amateurism, financial aid, and athletics participation.

    Scholarships are given to a variety of Division I sports at the NCAA level, such as football, basketball, and hockey. There are different eligibility requirements for scholarship programs. To be eligible for an NCAA scholarship, the student must be pursuing a degree in an academic field related to the sport they are interested in playing. The player must also meet academic eligibility requirements set by their university's standards for athletic scholarships. If you want to compete in NCAA sports, you need to register with the NCAA Eligibility Center.

    Create an account with the NCAA Eligibility Center during your junior year of high school - no later!

    By the time you are a junior in high school, you should know if you are ready for college sports. Whether you lead your team in points or had a huge growth spurt, this is the year to decide whether you are going to pursue sports or not.

    Remember that each year, there are almost 200,000 athlete applications received by the NCAA Clearinghouse. That means you need to make sure you request your eligibility review early to avoid the backlog the NCAA has each year.

    If you believe you are going to make it to the next level, then your next step is to ensure you are eligible to make your dream a reality. So, BEFORE YOUR JUNIOR SEASON ENDS, head to their website to create an account and make a plan to upload your test scores and transcripts.

    • If you plan to play sports in Division I or II, click HERE to set up an account.
    • If you plan to play sports in Division III or haven't decided yet, click HERE to set up an account.
    • Fee waivers are available for students who qualify; contact your school counselor or Mrs. Ewais with questions

    After you set up an account, you'll be able to upload High School Transcripts and your ACT/SAT scores. Once those are reviewed by the NCAA Clearinghouse, you can request your Amateurism Certification, which will become available in your senior year of high school.