The following is a Q&A from the NCAA regarding the certification of amateur status by the NCAA Eligibility Center.
Who will be certified?
Every college-bound student-athlete, both domestic and international, who is attending an NCAA Division I or II institution for the first time, must be certified by the eligibility center. This includes college-bound student-athletes who are transferring from any two- or four-year institutions (including international institutions) that are not members of NCAA Division I or II. Thus, if an individual wants to participate in athletics at an NCAA Division I or II institution, the college-bound student-athlete must register with the eligibility center and submit the appropriate documentation to receive a certification decision.
Do transfer college-bound student-athletes also have to register with the eligibility center?
Every college-bound student-athlete who is attending an NCAA Division I or II institution full time for the first time must be certified by the eligibility center.
When should I register with the eligibility center?
Register for the eligibility center at the beginning of your junior year in high school. The athletics participation section should be updated regularly so that institutions recruiting you will have upto- date information about you. Be sure to send your high school transcript to the eligibility center after you have completed at least six semesters of high school coursework.
Is there a registration deadline?
No. However, college-bound student-athletes must be certified as an amateur before they may receive an athletics scholarship or practice or compete at a Division I or II institution.
May I receive a fee waiver?
Yes, you are eligible for a waiver of the initial-eligibility certification fee if you have already received a fee waiver (not a state voucher) for the ACT or SAT. If you have not been granted a fee waiver by ACT or SAT, then you will NOT be eligible for a waiver of the certification fee. If you are seeking a waiver of the certification fee, you should confirm your eligibility with your high school counselor. Your high school counselor MUST submit an electronic fee waiver confirmation before your registration may be processed.
How often can I update my information?
You can update your information as often as you need until you request a final certification of your amateurism status. At that point, you will no longer be able to update your amateurism information.
Can I receive different amateurism certifications for Division I and Division II?
Yes. Divisions I and II have different rules, so it is possible that your certification status may be different for each division.
What if I enroll in an NCAA Division I or II institution and decide to participate in a sport other than one of the three I had listed on the amateurism certification registration form?
If you decide to participate in a sport other than the three you listed on the registration form, the institution in which you enroll will be responsible for certifying your amateurism status in that sport.
If I have been participating in events related to my sport for a significant period of time, what events do I need to list on the amateurism registration form?
You should include all events in which you participated, beginning with the ninth grade and thereafter.