NAIA Eligibility Requirements

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What is the NAIA Eligibility Center?

The NAIA Eligibility Center is responsible for determining the NAIA eligibility of first-time student-athletes in any NAIA Institution.  Any student playing NAIA championship sports for the first time must meet the eligibility requirements. Students must have their eligibility determined by the NAIA Eligibility Center, and all NAIA schools are bound by the center's decisions.

Here’s how it works:


High School Students

If you will graduate from high school this spring and enroll in college this coming fall, the requirements are simple. High school graduation, plus two out of three of these requirements:


Early Decisions for High School Seniors

Students who have completed their junior year of high school with an overall 3.00 GPA on a 4.00 scale, plus the minimum test scores required (18 ACT or 860 SAT), may receive an eligibility decision early in the senior year. To receive an early decision, register with the NAIA Eligibility Center, have your high school send official transcripts to the Eligibility Center and contact ACT or SAT to have their test scores sent directly (the NAIA code is 9876 with ACT and SAT).


Transfer Students

If you’re transferring from a two- or four-year college and never played previously in the NAIA, the Eligibility Center will determine your eligibility based on academic records received directly from the previous institution(s).


Current NAIA Students Playing Sports for the First time

If you’re a current NAIA student who has not previously competed in the NAIA, the Eligibility Center will determine your eligibility based on academic records received directly from your current insitution and any previous institution(s) you've attended.


Have You Taken Time Off?

Some students will also need to provide more detailed information about their participation in sports outside the college setting. This information will be required if you:


Graduated from high school and did not enroll in college full-time the following fall


Did not maintain continuous enrollment in college (e.g., withdrew from college for one or more semesters/quarters)

Did not participate in college sports for one or more years during your collegiate enrollment

NAIA Ongoing Eligibility Rules

For students already enrolled at NAIA institutions, your best resource for eligibility questions is your campus Faculty Athletics Representative. The NAIA Official Handbook outlines all association rules governing eligibility.


For any questions regarding the NAIA Elgibility Center, please contact Jose Diaz, Athletics Recruiting Coordinatior at or 1-617-236-8818.