Eligibility Center FAQs for High Schools
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
What are the costs?
Registration for high school students from the U.S. and Canada costs $75. Registration for U.S. and Canadian transfer students and students with a break in collegiate competition after high school graduation costs $100. Registration for international students costs US $130. This is a one-time nonrefundable registration fee, and all services of the NAIA Eligibility Center are included. Only the registrant, the registrant’s immediate family or those upon whom the registrant is legally dependent may pay this fee.
Is there an opportunity for a fee waiver?
Yes. The registration fee will be waived for students with demonstrated need. If you receive a fee waiver for the ACT or SAT test or qualify for the federal free or reduced-cost lunch program, contact your high school counselor. Your counselor can contact the NAIA Eligibility Center directly to confirm your eligibility for a fee waiver. Students seeking fee waivers must begin the registration process and get an EC ID# before their waivers can be processed.
Can a student receive an early eligibility decision?
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 have scored at least 18 on the ACT or 860 on the SAT may receive an early eligibility decision. The student must 1) register with the NAIA Eligibility Center, 2) have his or her high school send an official transcript to the Eligibility Center and 3) contact ACT or SAT to have test scores sent to the NAIA (Code 9876).
At this time we are unable to provide early decisions for homeschooled or international students.
When should we send a student’s transcript?
For students with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) after the completion of their junior year or 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) midway through senior year, please send the transcript as soon as possible.
For students whose cumulative GPA does not meet the early decision requirement (at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale after junior year or 2.5 on 4.0 scale midway through senior year), please send a final transcript immediately after high school graduation.
How can our high school work with the NAIA Eligibility Center to support our students?
A high school counselor or administrator can take just a few minutes to create a profile for your high school. This will help provide a smooth communication link for any of your students who register with the NAIA Eligibility Center. Click below to create a profile for your high school.
I started the process to create our high school’s profile, 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 ([email protected] or 816-595-8300) and we will be happy to help you confirm your email address so you can continue your high school’s registration.
In creating the profile for our high school, I received a message that says our school already has an account and to contact one of our school’s administrators for our school’s ID#.
This message indicates someone else at your school has already registered. This person can log in to your school’s profile to find the school ID# in the body of the profile. If you do not know who the primary user for your school is, please contact the NAIA Eligibility Center for assistance.
I just created a profile for our high school, but I didn’t see a place to add a list of courses and descriptions.
The NAIA Eligibility Center does not need a list of courses or course descriptions. The only information we request is what you completed in your school’s profile: the contact information for your school and details about the information included on your school’s transcripts.
Where do I send transcripts (or fee waivers) for the students who have registered from my school?
Click here for instructions on sending transcripts and fee waiver confirmation letters, and for the transcript cover page.
I need to include a student’s NAIA ID# on the fee waiver or transcript cover letter. Where do I get that number?
Each student who registers with the NAIA Eligibility Center has a unique identification number. The number is displayed in the red box in the upper right-hand corner after logging in at PlayNAIA.org. It is also located at the top of the student's To Do List in bold, blue lettering. You can see the student's To Do List by clicking on his or her status from your Student List for your high school, viewable while logged in to your school's PlayNAIA.org profile.
Each ID# is seven digits, begins with a zero and contains only numbers. If a student gives you an ID# with letters in it, they may have provided you with the email confirmation code they received. Please ask the student to provide his or her NAIA ID#.
Do you have any materials I can provide our students and parents?
Yes! We have a Resources page just for high schools with materials you can use to educate students and parents about the NAIA Eligibility Center. If you need additional information or materials, please contact the NAIA Eligibility Center directly ([email protected]).