College-bound student-athletes preparing to enroll in a Division I or Division II school need to register with the NCAA Eligibility Center to ensure they have met amateurism standards and are academically prepared for college coursework.
When Should Students Register?
Students may register at any time, but we recommend that they register during their sophomore year. The registration website is http://www.eligibilitycenter.org. The NCAA Eligibility Center will evaluate a student’s academic credentials once the following information has been received, and the student has had his/her status requested by an NCAA member institution:
- Completed online registration
- Fee payment
- SAT and/or ACT test score on file from the respective testing agency
- Transcript(s) from all schools or programs attended
How Should the Eligibility Process Work?
Grades 9 and 10
- Student takes academic college-preparatory courses, preferably one in each of the following areas: English, math, science, social studies and foreign language. The student should compare course selection against the list of NCAA-approved core courses.
- Student continues to take college preparatory courses in the areas listed above.
- Student registers for the SAT and/or ACT, making sure to use code 9999 at the time of registration. Using code 9999 will ensure the score is reported directly to the Eligibility Center.
- Student registers with the NCAA Eligibility Center and completes both the academic information and the amateurism questionnaire.
- At the end of the student’s sixth semester, the guidance counselor sends the student’s transcript (or transcripts, if more than one high school) to the Eligibility Center.
- Student continues to take college preparatory courses in English, math, science, social studies and foreign language.
- Student registers for additional ACT/SAT tests if necessary, making sure to use code 9999 at the time of registration.
- On or after April 1 of the senior year, the student goes back into their Eligibility Center account to update their academic and amateurism information and request final amateurism certification.
- After graduation, the guidance counselor sends the student’s final transcript (which needs to include evidence and the date that the student graduated) to the Eligibility Center.
Fee Waiver Eligibility
As mentioned in the previous section, you are eligible for a waiver of the registration fee only if you have already received a waiver of the SAT or ACT fee (this is not the same as a U.S. state voucher). You must have an authorized high school official submit your fee waiver documentation online after you have completed your registration. If you have not yet been granted a fee waiver by SAT or ACT, you are not yet eligible for a waiver of the registration fee. Below are the ACT and SAT fee-waiver eligibility requirements.
In order to be eligible for an ACT fee waiver, a student must meet one or more of these indicators of economic need:
- Family receives low-income public assistance
- Student is a ward of the state
- Student resides in a foster home
- Student is homeless
- Student participates in free or reduced-price lunch program at school
- Student participates in federally funded TRIO Program such as Upward Bound
- Family income is at or below the Bureau of Labor Statistics Low Standard Budget
You are eligible for consideration for an SAT fee waiver if you are: A United States citizen or a foreign national taking the SAT in the United States, Puerto Rico or U.S. territories and meets one or more of the following requirements:
- Is enrolled in a program for the economically disadvantaged (e.g., AVID or a TRIO program such as Upward Bound)
- Family’s annual income falls within the levels listed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for free or reduced-price lunches
- Family receives public assistance
- Family lives in federally subsidized public housing
- Is a resident in a foster home