How to Register with the NCAA Eligibility Center
- Choose between a Certification Account or a Profile page.
- Have a valid email address you will have access to after high school.
- Have official copies of your high school transcripts sent to the NCAA.
- Send official copies of your SAT and/or ACT test scores.
- Complete the amateurism questionnaire.
- Have a valid method of payment ($90 for athletes from the U.S. (including its territories) or Canada and $150 for international athletes). Valid forms of payment include debit, credit card or e-check.
Impact of COVID-19 on NCAA eligibility: The NCAA Eligibility Center loosened standards for students who initially enroll full-time during the 2021–22 academic year and intend to play D1 or D2 sports. Students won’t be required to take the ACT or SAT by the NCAA. Additionally, the use of pass/fail grades for core course requirements has been extended through the 2020–21 academic year. To keep track of updates that will impact eligibility for current and future recruiting classes, NCSA will continue to share information on our coronavirus resources page.
What to expect when registering with the NCAA
The NCAA Eligibility Center process will take months or years to complete, depending on when you register. While initial NCAA registration will take 15-30 minutes, expect to spend around 30 hours throughout high school dedicated to the NCAA Eligibility Center process. Here is a rough breakdown of each part:
- 2-3 hours – creating your account and completing the amateurism questionnaire
- 5-10 hours – meeting and checking in with your high school counselor to make sure you are on track regarding the NCAA core course requirements
- 2-3 hours – coordinating with your high school counselor to make sure your official transcripts are sent to the NCAA
- 10-50+ hours – registering, preparing for and taking the SAT/ACT
Here is a printable checklist and timeline for the eligibility center process, including how to register with the NCAA.
How much does it cost to sign up for the NCAA Eligibility Center?
NCAA registration for certification accounts cost $90 for U.S. and Canadian athletes and $150 for international athletes. If you qualify for the federal free lunch program, you can have the NCAA fee’s waived by completing the NCAA fee waiver.
Can I get a refund for my NCAA fee?
All payments to the NCAA are final. If you are unsure about registering with the NCAA, create a free Profile page and you can easily upgrade that account to a Certification Account when needed.
Insider Tip: Unless you are being actively required by NCAA DI or DII schools (meaning you have had communication with DI or DII college coaches via email, calls, texts or unofficial visits), it is best to create a NCAA Profile page. You can easily upgrade to a Certification Account when the time is right.