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How to register for the NCAA Eligibility Center and check your NCAA eligibility status.

The NCAA Eligibility Center is a part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association and was created to ensure that student athletes are prepared to meet the academic rigors of college. Each year nearly 200,000 student athletes have their GPA and test scores sent to the NCAA. The NCAA processes nearly 75,000 student athletes’ accounts.

You will not be eligible to play college sports or get an athletic scholarship from an NCAA school without registering and being cleared by the NCAA Eligibility Center.

You do not need to have all of your documents ready before you register with the NCAA. Before your high school sends an official copy of your transcripts to the NCAA, you need to have an account set up. If your high school or the SAT testing agency were to send your documents to the NCAA and you didn’t have an account the NCAA would disregard the documents and you would need to resend them.

How to register with the NCAA Eligibility Center

  • Create an account on the website *Parents you can create an account for your child
  • Pay $70 dollars ($120 for international students) *fee waivers are available to student athletes and you can talk to your high school counselor about how to do this once you have created an account.
  • Have your high school counselors send official copies of your transcripts
  • Have the appropriate testing agency send official copies of your SAT or ACT test scores
  • Complete the amateurism questionnaire online
  • When you graduate high school you need to request final certification and have you high school send your final transcripts and proof of graduation
  • The Eligibility Center used to be called the NCAA Clearinghouse

How to recover your NCAA Eligibility Center password

In order to recover your password you will need to use the same email address you used to create the account. If you can’t remember the email address you used or the password, you can create a new account. Once you have done this and begin to enter the additional information, the system will recognize the duplicate info and you can recover your old account at that point.

The NCAA Eligibility Center’s Role in Your Recruiting and Athletic Scholarship

The NCAA is responsible for determining the academic eligibility of all student athletes at the DI or DII level. Without being cleared by the NCAA you will not be able to play college sports or receive an athletic scholarship.

Your ten digit NCAA ID number is your ticket to getting cleared by the NCAA. This ID number is used by coaches and universities to track your eligibility status and for tracking your official visits. Colleges that are recruiting you will submit their list of recruits to the NCAA on an “Institutional Request List” using the student athletes NCAA ID numbers. Your recruiting will be put on hold until you have an ID number.

You can get your NCAA ID number immediately after creating your account and paying your NCAA fee (you do not need to pay a fee if you will be submitting a fee waiver).

Registering with the NCAA before an Official Visit

If you are planning on taking an official visit to a university you will need to be registered with the NCAA Eligibility Center. Before a coach or college can invite you on an official visit they need to add your NCAA ten digit ID number to the IRL (Institutional Request List). You are only allowed 5 official visits and the NCAA uses your ID number to keep track of the number of visits each student has taken. If you need to get your ID number to take an official visit, follow the instructions on this page to create an NCAA Eligibility Center account.

When will I know if I am eligible?

You will not get your final eligibility status from the NCAA until you have graduated high school. The NCAA cannot determine your eligibility status before then, because they need all of your high school grades and proof of graduation.

If you are waiting for your eligibility status, it can take several weeks or even months after you have finished high school. To ensure you are in line to receive you final eligibility status, you need to request certification within your account (you do this online), have your high school send your final transcripts and proof of graduation and make sure the coaches recruiting you have included your ten digit ID number on their IRL. If you have done all of that, here is how the NCAA prioritizes student athletes waiting for their eligibility:

Athletes competing in fall sports are processed first, followed by winter and then spring sports.

Within each season, athletes are prioritized by the order in which the NCAA received your request for certification. Depending on when all of this information was received, it can take several weeks to get your final status.

If your account needs to be reviewed by a specialist within the NCAA it can take longer to get your final status. In this situation you will usually be contacted and additional information might be requested.

If you have any questions about your account or eligibility status, it is best to contact the coach or the athletic department of the school recruiting you. The officials within their athletic department can check on the status of the athletes on their IRL. You will not be able to get an update from the NCAA by calling or emailing them.

NCAA Eligibility Center Mailing Address for Transcripts

There are two ways to contact the Eligibility Center, through mail and their phone number. There is no public email address to send your questions.

Transcript Mailing Address:
NCAA Eligibility Center
Certification Processing
P.O. Box 7136
Indianapolis, IN 46207
Overnight Mailing Address:
NCAA Eligibility Center
Certification Processing
1802 Alonzo Watford Sr. Drive
Indianapolis, IN 46202

Eligibility Center Phone Number

Customer service hours – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern time Monday through Friday. *the NCAA is closed for most public holidays.

U.S. Callers – (877) 262-1492

International Callers – (317) 223-0700

NCAA College Compliance Rules

Athletic eligibility rules

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