Eligibility Center FAQs
for Students and Parents
What is the NAIA Eligibility Center?
The NAIA Eligibility Center is responsible for determining the NAIA eligibility of first-time student-athletes. Any student playing NAIA championship sports for the first time must meet the eligibility requirements. Students must have their eligibility determined by the NAIA Eligibility Center, and all NAIA schools are bound by the center's decisions.
Who needs to register?
Every student interested in playing championship sports at NAIA colleges for the first time needs to register and receive an eligibility determination. This applies to:
- High school seniors
- Home schooled and GED students
- Current NAIA students who will play sports for the first time at an NAIA school
- Transfers from two-year colleges
- Transfers from four-year colleges
Eligibility Center Process
Can I receive a final eligibility decision before high school graduation?
Yes. U.S. high school students who complete their junior year with an overall 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or who have at least a 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale midway through senior year) and meet the NAIA's minimum ACT or SAT test score requirements may receive an early eligibility decision from the NAIA Eligibility Center. You must 1) register with the NAIA Eligibility Center, 2) have your high school send an official transcript to the NAIA Eligibility Center, and 3) contact ACT or SAT to have your test scores sent to the NAIA (Code 9876).
At this time we are unable to provide early decisions for transfer, home schooled or international students.
My transcripts/test scores were sent several weeks ago, but my profile still says they have not been received.
It can take some time to process incoming documents, so if we received them recently, they may be in the queue and will be reviewed and uploaded within a few days. If your status continues to show as “Not Received” for much longer, please call or email the NAIA Eligibility Center.
What happens if I receive a determination of Not Eligible?
If you receive a determination of Not Eligible, you cannot compete at your NAIA school until you receive an updated determination of Eligible from the NAIA Eligibility Center. You will not need to pay the registration fee a second time, but you will need to update your online profile and send us any updated academic records that we will need to make a new determination. Updated records could include new ACT or SAT test scores or updated transcripts.
Updating a Decision
My account shows "Inactive" or "Not Eligible." How do I get an updated decision?
If you don’t attend an NAIA school, you will need to receive an updated determination from the NAIA Eligibility Center before you can compete at an NAIA school in a subsequent term. You will not need to pay the registration fee a second time, but you will need to update your online profile and send us any updated academic records that we will need to make a new determination. Updated records could include new ACT or SAT test scores or updated transcripts.
I want to go to an NAIA school, but my coach says they won’t offer me a place on the team until I have a determination on my eligibility.
The NAIA Eligibility Center does not require you to have a final determination on your eligibility before a school can sign you or offer you a scholarship. Unless you meet the requirements for an early eligibility decision, the first opportunity you will have for a final determination to be made is after we receive your final, official high school transcript confirming your high school graduation or your college transcripts confirming all academic work completed prior to the academic year in which you plan to participate.
If you receive a determination of Eligible, don’t play at an NAIA school but maintain continuous full-time enrollment at that same school, then you do not need to receive an updated determination from the NAIA Eligibility Center. Your eligibility will be reviewed at your NAIA school.
If you don’t play at an NAIA school, then you transfer to a different NAIA school, you will need to receive an updated determination from the NAIA Eligibility Center before you can compete at an NAIA school in a subsequent term. You will not need to pay the registration fee a second time, but you will need to update your online profile and send us any updated academic records that we will need to make a new determination. Updated records could include new ACT or SAT test scores or updated transcripts.
I registered, but never received my confirmation code in my inbox or junk folder.
It is likely that your IT system or spam blocker prevented the email from reaching your inbox. If you are able to adjust your settings to allow NAIA communications to be received, we recommend you do so. In the meantime, please contact us and we will be happy to help you confirm your email address so you can continue your registration.
I accidentally answered "yes" to the competitive experience question when filling out my profile. Can it be changed to "no"?
If you are a high school student or a student entering college directly after high school, please call 816-595-8300 so the NAIA staff can make the change.
If you are a current college student or a transfer student, your response cannot be changed once the question has been answered "yes." NAIA staff will call your coach/es to confirm the information once the review of your case begins.
What's the NAIA Code to Send Test Scores?
Students must request that their test scores be sent directly from the testing service using our code: 9876.
We cannot accept test scores that appear on high school transcripts.
Only one qualifying test score is needed.
- 18 composite score on the ACT
Have your ACT scores sent to the NAIA Eligibility Center
- 860 on the SAT (Critical Reading and Math), if taken before March 2016
940 on the SAT (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing + Math), if taken in March 2016 or after.**
** Students who scored between 860 and 930 on the March 2016 or later SAT test will be granted an automatic SAT test score minimum exception to compete during the 2016-17 academic year. The NAIA Eligibility Center will automatically apply this SAT test score minimum exception in the eligibility determination process. Learn more about this change.
ACT for the United States and Canada