What is an NCAA & NAIA Initial-Eligibility Center?
Both the NCAA & NAIA Eligibility Centers are agencies which will provide initial-eligibility certification for all prospective student-athletes wishing to compete as freshmen at NCAA & NAIA member institutions offering NCAA Division I, II or NAIA athletics. The NCAA & NAIA Eligibility Centers are not placement agencies or admissions offices - they will not locate a college/institution for student-athletes to attend. The NCAA & NAIA Eligibility Centers will provide the student’s initial-eligibility certification results to all colleges/universities that request to receive this information.
Who must register with the NCAA or NAIA Eligibility Center ?
Any student athlete looking to attend either an NCAA Div 1, Div 2 or NAIA College will need to register with either the NCAA or NAIA Eligibility Center.
It is each individual’s responsibility to register with the NCAA or NAIA Eligibility Center .
All students will be asked to submit (by registered post) transcripts (first generation copies of their GCSE, AS / A Level or BTEC National Certificates) to either the NCAA or NAIA Eligibility .
These first generation copies must display an official stamp and signature from the school/college at which they were awarded. (Do not send difficult-to-replace original documents, as the NCAA and NAIA Eligibility Centers will not return them) Records certified by lecturers, professors, tutors, or any other school official who does not hold primary responsibility for maintaining the academic records will not be accepted.
Online application requires a fee of $125.00 to be paid by Master Card by MasterCard/VISA. This fee is none refundable.Click to register for the NCAA Eligibility Center Click to register with the NAIA Eligibility Center
Important information on the NCAA’s BTEC qualifications ruling - November 2010.
During its November 2008 meeting, the NCAA International Student Records Committee determined that all BTEC/GNVQ (now NVQ) credentials would no longer be considered as Category Two documents, and would be evaluated as Category Three documents for all PSAs graduating in June 2010 and after. However, before the effective date of its November 2008 determination, the committee determined additional research was necessary regarding the BTEC/NVQ programs.
During its November 5-6, 2010 meeting, the Committee revisited the BTEC/NVQ credentials and determined that:
1.The BTEC National Certificate and the BTEC National Diploma shall be classified as Category Two documents, and noted that both documents are equivalent to at least two General Certificate of Education (GCE), Advanced (A) level passes, and that both programs are acceptable for admission to university in the United Kingdom and the United States.
2.The BTEC Introductory Diploma, BTEC Introductory Certificate, the BTEC First Diploma and BTEC First Certificate shall be classified as Category Three documents, and noted that none of these programs equate to at least five GCSEs.
3.The BTEC National Award and the BTEC Foundation Diploma in Art and Design shall be classified as Category Three documents, and noted that time frame of graduation.
4.The BTEC Higher National Diploma and the BTEC Higher National Certificate shall be listed as Category 4 documents, and that the student presenting these documents will be considered a transfer student-athlete.
5. The National Vocational Qualification Foundation Level shall be classified as a Category Three document and noted this program does not equate to at least five GCSEs.
Who can I contact if I have questions or concerns?
The NCAA Eligibility Center can be contacted directly by telephone or by mail. The country code for the United States is “001 ” and the NCAA Eligibility telephone number is; 317/223 0700, Fax number is 317/968 5100. The NCAA Eligibility Center office is open Monday-Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. U.S. Central Time. The NCAA Eligibility Center can be contacted via mail at:
The address to send transcripts to the NCAA Eligibility Center is:
NCAA Eligibility Center, PO Box 7136,
In 46207, USA
The NAIA Eligibility Center can be contacted directly by telephone, email or by mail. The country code for the USA is ”001″. The NAIA Eligibility telephone number is; 816-595-8300. The email address is; [email protected]
The address to send transcripts to the NAIA Eligibility Center is:
NAIA Eligibility Center
P.O. Box 15340
Kansas City, MO 64106