NCAA Clearinghouse Basics

    FAQs about the NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse 
    Student athletes must register with the NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse to be eligible to play NCAA Division I or Division II sports in college. (Athletes playing in NCAA Division III do not have to register.) 

    What is the NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse?
    The NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse is the organization that determines whether prospective college athletes are eligible to play sports at NCAA Division I or Division II institutions. It does this by reviewing the student athlete's academic record, SAT or ACT scores, and amateur status to ensure conformity with NCAA rules. 

    What are NCAA Divisions I, II, and III?
    The NCAA is the governing body of many intercollegiate sports. Each college and university regulated by the NCAA has established rules on eligibility, recruiting, and financial aid, and falls into one of the three membership divisions (Divisions I, II, and III). Divisions are based on school size and the scope of their athletic programs and scholarships. 

    When should students register with the clearinghouse?
    The NCAA recommends that student athletes register with the clearinghouse at the beginning of their junior year in high school, but many students register after their junior year. There is no registration deadline. However, students must register and be cleared by the clearinghouse or they are not eligible to play or receive athletic scholarships at a Division I or Division II institution. 

    How do students register with the clearinghouse?
    Students can register online at the NCAA Clearinghouse website. They will have to enter personal information, answer questions about their athletic participation, and pay a registration fee. 

    Can students have the registration fee waived?
    Students who have received a waiver for the SAT or ACT are eligible for a waiver of the clearinghouse registration fee. The student's counselor must submit confirmation of the student's test fee waiver.  

    What records does the clearinghouse require?
    Students should arrange to have their high school transcript sent to the clearinghouse as soon as they have completed at least six semesters of high school. The transcript must be mailed directly from their high school. They must also arrange to have their ACT or SAT test scores reported directly by the testing company to the clearinghouse. Students can arrange this when they register for the ACT or SAT. 
    You are responsible for sending in final transcripts and proof of graduation at the end of your senior year. 

    How often can students update their athletics participation information?
    Students can update the information on the athletics participation section online as often as they want (and should update it regularly), up to the time when they request a final certification of their status. At that point (usually three to four months before enrolling in college), students must finalize their information. 

    What are the NCAA academic eligibility requirements?
    To play sports at an NCAA Division I or Division II institution, the student must: 
    • Complete a certain number of high school core courses (defined below)
    • Earn a certain minimum grade point average (GPA) in these core courses
    • Earn a certain minimum score on the SAT or ACT (for Division I, this is scaled according to the student's core-course GPA)
    • Graduate from high school
    For more information, see the NCAA's Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete, available at the at this link

    What are core courses?
    "Core courses" is the name that the NCAA gives to high school courses that meet certain academic criteria specified by the association. Students must complete a certain number of core courses for NCAA Division I and II eligibility. 

    How are high school courses classified as core courses?
    All participating high schools submit lists of the courses that they offer that meet NCAA core-course criteria. If approved, the courses are added to a database that the NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse maintains. It is available online on the NCAA Eligibility Clearinghouse website.

    What are the NCAA amateurism eligibility requirements?
    To play sports at an NCAA Division I or Division II institution, the student-athlete must follow NCAA amateurism rules in regards to receiving a salary or prize money for athletic participation, playing with a professional team, and other areas. For more information, see the Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete linked above. 

    Keep in mind...
    The best way for students to prepare for a future in college athletics is to complete the approved core courses and earn appropriate grades in them. Indeed, more students fail to qualify to play NCAA sports because of lack of appropriate course work than for low test scores. 

    Make sure you are enrolled in the courses on your high school's core-course list, and also know the eligibility requirements on the NCAA Clearinghouse website. Then make sure you are taking the necessary courses, earning the necessary grades, and doing anything else you must do to stay on track for NCAA eligibility. 

    Source - www.collegeboard.com
    The following sites will provide you with information about initial eligibility for collegiate athletics. As a prospective student-athlete, a student has certain responsibilities and actions to take before he/she can participate. Information about steps to become eligible and what documents need to be submitted can be found on these sites. Work closely with your counselor and college coaching staff to ensure you select courses and make decisions towards meeting criteria. Remember, it is the responsibility of each student/parent/guardian to keep track of the courses he/she takes and to verify course eligibility. 
                            NCAA List of Approved/Denied Courses


                                  NJCAA Prospective Student-Athlete Brochure
      National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Eligibility Center