College Sports Scholarship Eligibility Requirements and Guidelines

Am I Eligible for an Athletic Scholarship?

Eligibility at a Glance

Any student athlete interested in attending a NCAA Division I or Division II institution is required to clear the NCAA Eligibility Center. We recommend that you register immediately following Junior year. If you complete it before that time, your high school guidance counselor may wait to send your transcripts until completion of Junior year.

Your eligibility requirements are not actually complete until all required high school courses are taken. The high school will need to send transcripts into the NCAA (once after junior year, once after graduation). By registering you are completing the “student release form” and sending it to the NCAA. You also print off the “transcript release form” (sign it) and give copies 1 & 2 directly to your high school counselor. That will authorize the NCAA to request a transcript from the school. It also authorizes the NCAA to send academic information to all colleges that request eligibility status. If no college requests status, the information will not be distributed.

Official ACT and/or SAT test scores must be sent from the testing agency. Test scores that appear on a high school transcript will not be accepted. Please use code 9999 when requesting test scores from ACT or SAT testing agencies, which will avoid an extra fee to send the scores at a later date.

The following requirements must be met to be eligible:

  1. Graduate high school
  2. Earn a minimum of 2.0 in core courses
  3. Meet a sliding scale minimum for GPA & SAT/ACT for DI. This is outlined in the “Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete” handbook found on the NCAA website. DII requires a minimum 820 SAT or 17 ACT.
  4. Complete Core Courses Including:

*Division I Academic-Eligibility Requirements:
16 Core Courses

  • 4 years of English
  • 3 years of math (algebra I or higher
  • 2 years of natural or physical science (including one year of lab science if offered by your high school)
  • 1 extra year of English, math or natural science
  • 2 years of social science
  • 4 years of extra core courses (from any category above, or foreign language, non doctrinal religion or philosophy)

*Division II Academic-Eligibility Requirements:
14 Core Courses

  • 3 years of English
  • 2 years of math (algebra I or higher)
  • 2 years of natural or physical science (including one year of lab science if offered by your high school)
  • 2 extra years of English, math or natural science
  • 2 years of social science
  • 3 years of extra core courses (from any category above, or foreign language, non doctrinal religion or philosophy)

Complete amateurism questionnaire and sign the final authorization signature online on or after April 1 of your senior year.

  • DII Only – OK to enter into a Professional Contract, Salary, Expenses, Competes with Professionals
  • DI and DII – OK to enter draft, accept prize money equal to expenses, tryout for professional team, visit
  • DI and DII – No – agreement w/ agent, benefits or agent

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