NCAA Eligibility Information
Student-athletes with aspirations to continue their sport in college will want to read the pamphlet entitled "Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete" on the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) website. It can be found under the resources page where you can download a free copy. The guide includes such topics as academic eligibility, amateurism eligibility, registration with the NCAA eligibility center, and financial aid and recruiting rules.
The eligibility process determines an athlete's ability to practice, play and receive financial aid at a Division I or Division II postsecondary institution. As in past years, eligibility will be based on core classes in the areas of English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies and World Languages.
Eligibility for students for NCAA Divisions I & II requires 16 core courses. Click the Quick Reference Guide
to see the details for core courses and grade point averages required.
Junior and Senior Year
Prospective student-athletes are encouraged to register with the NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse at Eligibility Center at the beginning of your junior year.
This includes completion of the Amateurism Certification
As part of the organization's initial review of the academic credentials for consideration, a student must request his/her transcript be forwarded at the end of the junior year.
Students are not eligible until they have graduated and thus a final transcript must also be requested at the end of senior year.
Juniors and seniors who want the transcript forwarded to the NCAA should speak with and request a transcript from their counselor.
** Students must complete the FERPA release before using the transcript request form and a parent/guardian signature is required. Please see your assigned school counselor if you have any questions.
National Letter of Intent
You are not required to sign an National Letter of Intent (NLI) but many prospective student-athletes sign because they want to create certainty in the recruiting process. Specifically, by signing an NLI, you agree to attend the institution for one year in exchange for the institution's promise, in writing, to provide you athletics financial aid for the entire academic year. Remember, you still need to be admitted to the institution and are eligible for athletics aid under NCAA rules. Once you sign an NLI, a recruiting ban goes into effect and you may no longer be recruited by any other NLI school. For more information, see nationalletter.org