Home Schooled and GED Students

Home schooled and GED students must still meet entering freshmen requirements, though the criteria for meeting those requirements have been adapted to fit the distinctive high school experience.

Home Schooled Students

The eligibility of home schooled students follows one of two pathways:

Automatic Academic Eligibility Qualifications

  • Home school students who complete a home shooling program and meet the minimum NAIA home school ACT or SAT test score are considered to have met the freshman eligibility requirement.  How to send test scores.
  • 18 on the ACT for tests taken beginning March 2016*
  • 20 on the ACT for tests taken prior to March 2016*

*Per NAIA Bylaws V.C.2, Note 2: "For ACT tests taken prior to March 2016, a minimum score of 20 is required. This criteria will apply through the 2018-19 academic year, after which time testing requirements for freshman eligibility will be reevaluated."

  • 950 on the SAT (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing & Math)


  • A final home school transcript must be sent to the NAIA Eligibility Center, but GPA is not used to determine eligibility.
  • Class rank is not applicable.


Request Committee Review

  • Students achieving standard minimum test score requirements will be reviewed on the individual's unique academic history. (Sending test scores)
  • An NAIA school may request an exceptional ruling. The student will go to the Home School Advisory Committee and NAIA National Eligibility Committee for review and a determination.
  • Students will still need to submit transcripts and test scores to the NAIA Eligibility Center before the student can be reviewed by the NEC.

GED Students

Since class rank is not applicable, GED students must meet the other 2 entering freshmen requirements:

  • Minimum test scores of 18* on the ACT or 860 on the SAT must be submitted to the NAIA Eligibility Center. (Sending test scores)

*EXCEPTION: Per NAIA Bylaws V.C.2a for ACT tests taken beginning March 2016, a minimum score of 16 will satisfy this requirement. This exception will apply through the 2018-19 academic year, after which time the exception will expire.


  • GED students are recognized as having met the high school GPA requirement upon successful completion of a GED. The official GED records must be sent to the NAIA Eligibility Center.

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