The Initial Eligibility Clearinghouse
Q: What is the Initial Eligibility Clearinghouse?
A: If you intend to participate in Division I athletics as a freshman, you must register with and be certified by the NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse. Your high school counselor should provide you with the student-release form and a rec brochure titled, "Making Sure You Are Eligible To Participate In College Sports."
Q: How do I register with the Clearinghouse?
A: The easiest way to register with the Clearinghouse is to access its website at www.ncaaclearinghouse.net. The registration fee for the Clearinghouse is $50.
Q: What else does the Clearinghouse need to certify me?
A: After graduation and before school closes for the summer, your high school must send the Clearinghouse a copy of your final transcript that confirms graduation from high school. You must also have your ACT or SAT scores sent to the Clearinghouse.
Q: How do I have my test scores sent to the Clearinghouse?
A: Test scores must be sent directly from the testing agency. You can accomplish this by marking code 9999 as one of the institutions to receive your scores, or submit a request for an "Additional Score Report" to the appropriate testing agency.
Q: What is the Amateurism Questionnaire?
A: New starting in 2007-08, the amateurism questionnaire is a new five question survey on your amateur status. All students need to be certified on their five questions by the clearinghouse. This includes all transfers, international, and high school seniors.
Q: What are the academic course requirements for initial-eligibility?
A: For 2008 and beyond graduates there will be an increase the number of core courses required by the NCAA. The minimum core course load is 16 credits (English 4, Math 3, Natural/Physical Science 2, Social Science 2, Elective 4).
Q: When do I become a prospective student-athlete?
A: When you start ninth grade classes. Before the ninth grade, you become a prospective student-athlete if a college gives you (or your relatives or friends) any financial aid or other benefits that the college does not provide to all prospective students.
Q: When are coaches or faculty members allowed unlimited calls to me?
A: At the following times: During the five days immediately before your official visit to that university: on the day of a coach’s off-campus contact with you; during the time beginning with the initial National Letter of Intent (NLI) signing date in your sport through the two days after the signing date.
Q: When can football coaches call me on the phone? How often?
A: In football, coaches may call you once during May of your junior year and not again until September 1 of your senior year of high school. After that date, a coach can call you or your parents or legal guardian once a week outside of the contact period. Boosters are NOT permitted to call. Coaches can make unlimited calls during the permissible off-campus contact periods and during the 48 hours prior to and 48 hours after 8 a.m. on the initial signing date for the NLI.
Q: How many official visits am I allowed to take? Beginning when?
A: Each prospective student-athlete is limited to five official visits which may be taken following the opening day of classes of your senior year of high school. You may take only one visit to any one institution.
Q: Can a university I have signed with help me get a summer job? Beginning when?
A: After you sign a National Letter of Intent, the school you signed with may arrange summer employment for you. That employment may begin AFTER you graduate from high school.
Q: Can I pay my own way to visit a college campus? Starting when?
A: You may visit an institution’s campus at your own expense an unlimited number of times before your senior year of high school and continuing in your senior year.
CORRESPONDENCE AND RECRUITING MATERIALS
Q: From whom can I receive letters? Beginning when?
A: Coaches, faculty members and athletics staff members (but NOT boosters) can send you letters, starting September 1 of your junior year in high school.