Prospective Student Athletes
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Register online at PlayNAIA.org.
• Create an account with a valid email address.
• Pay the one-time registration fee ($75 domestic & Canadian students / $100 domestic & Canadian transfer students or students with a break in collegiate competition after high school graduation / US$130 international students) or indicate qualification for a fee waiver.
Within the online registration you will create a profile including:
About Me — Includes basic contact information, previous residences during high school and what sport(s) a student plans to play—this is also when a student can sign up for text notifications
Tell My Story — Records the student’s high school (including home school and GED) and other information about academics during high school.
Tell My Story Continued — Collects information on colleges/universities attended, athletic experiences outside of the high school setting and anything the student has done since high school graduation.
My NAIA Connections is an optional feature that allows a student to create an additional Sport Resume that can be shared with NAIA institutions.
Once the online registration is complete, the prospective student submits the profile to the NAIA Eligibility Center for evaluation.
Test scores 9876
When a prospective student-athlete takes the ACT or SAT, he/she must specify the code “9876” when registering for the exam in order to have the test scores sent directly to the NAIA Eligibility Center.
Eligibility Center process
Once the online registration, test scores and final transcript have been received, an NAIA Eligibility Center manager will review the materials and determine eligibility.
Priority is given to those who appear on a Short List for any NAIA school. A Short List comprises those prospective students that the NAIA institution is seriously considering.
Students with an overall 3.00 GPA on a 4.00 scale at the end of the junior year or a 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale midway through senior year in high school can receive an early eligibility decision, if they also meet the NAIA's minimum ACT or SAT test score requirements. Make sure you specify the code “9876” when registering for the ACT/SAT, and ask your high school to send an official transcript to the NAIA Eligibility Center after your junior year or midway through senior year.
The student’s status in the process is viewable at any time from within the student’s account. NAIA schools can also monitor progress on those students who were listed on their Short Lists. Simplyl check the custom To Do List to see what still needs to be done.
When you register you will be asked for your anticipated NAIA enrollment date. Eligibility is determined only for that enrollment date. If you do not compete at an NAIA school in that timeframe, a new eligibility determination must be requested from the NAIA Eligibility Center.