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NAIA Eligibility Center

If you are interested in playing college athletics for an NAIA school, you MUST register with the NAIA Eligibility Center beginning in the Fall of 2010.  Students who will play for an NAIA school during the school year 2011-2012 are required to register with the center.

  • For more information or to register with the Eligibility Center, go to www.playnaia.org.

In addition to registering for NAIA Eligibility, you will also need your ACT scores sent to this organization.  This will need to be done directly by ACT.  Therefore, when you register for the ACT or SAT, include the NAIA Eligibility Center (9876)  on the list of places test scores should be sent.

What is the NAIA Eligibility Center? 

(The NAIA Eligibility Center and the NCAA Eligibility Center are two different organziations.  They are different levels of collleges.)

The NAIA Eligibility Center is responsible for determining the eligibility of first-time NAIA student-athletes.  Any student playing NAIA sports for the first time must have their eligibility determined by the NAIA Eligibility Center, and all NAIA member schools are bound by the center’s decisions.


Who needs to register?
Every student interested in playing NAIA sports for the first time in 2011-12 or any year after that needs to register and have their initial eligibility determined.  


What information will I need to provide?
You'll need your current contact information, previous residences and addresses, high schools attended and history of your sports participation during and after high school graduation.

When you register for the ACT or SAT, include the NAIA Eligibility Center code of "9876"  on the list of places test scores should be sent.
Ask your high school counselors to send the NAIA Eligibility Center a final official transcript that verifies high school graduation, class rank and cumulative grade point average.


What are the costs?
Registration for students from the U.S. is $80.  Registration for international students is US$135.  This is a one-time non refundable registration fee, and all services of the NAIA Eligibility Center are included.


Is there an opportunity for a fee waiver?
Yes.  The registration fee will be waived for students with demonstrated need.  If you receive a fee waiver for the ACT or SAT test or qualify for the federal free or reduced-cost lunch program, contact your high school counselor, who can contact the Eligibility Center and verify a fee waiver.

Transfer students can qualify for a fee waiver based on receipt of Federal Pell Grant funds.