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What is the NCAA Clearinghouse?

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The NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse is an organization that works with the NCAA to determine a student athlete’s eligibility for athletics participation in his or her first year of college enrollment.

According to the NCAA Guide for the College-Bound Student Athlete, the clearinghouse evaluates your academic record to determine if you are eligible to participate at a Division I or II college as a freshman student-athlete. Students who want to participate in college sports at the Division I or II level during their first year of enrollment in college must register with the clearinghouse. Even if you do not intend on participating in Division I or II athletics, College Prospects of America recommends you register just in case; it is always better to be safe rather than sorry.

The purpose of the clearinghouse is to evaluate the academic records of college-bound student-athletes, but is not based on athletic talent. Any student may register for the clearinghouse regardless of athletic ability. You must be certified as a qualifier before you can receive an athletics scholarship or practice or compete during your first year of enrollment. You also must register with the clearinghouse in order to take an official visit.

When registering for the NCAA Clearinghouse, prospective student-athletes must also confirm their amateur status by answering some questions about benefits and activities that might impact your status as an amateur. The NCAA Clearinghouse needs to make sure you have not signed any professional contracts, accepted a salary for participating in athletics, received prize money related to your athletic ability, or received other benefits that may affect your amateur status.

The NCAA Clearinghouse and the NCAA Amateurism Certification should be completed during your junior year of high school. If you register at the beginning of junior year you must make sure your high school guidance counselor submits your high school transcript after you have completed six semesters of coursework.

To get started, log onto and select “prospective student-athletes.” Next, click on “domestic student release form.” There is a $65 registration fee for domestic students and $90 registration fee for international students.

The NCAA Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete breaks down exactly what grades and test scores are necessary to be a qualifier, and it also expands upon the role of the NCAA Clearinghouse. This guide is available on the NCAA Web site at To ensure you are on the right track, print off your own copy of the NCAA Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete as soon as possible.

You must be registered with the Clearinghouse if you intend to play DI or DII level athletics in college.

College Prospects of America is a respected sports marketing service for high school student-athletes. For more information call Martin Rock, Regional Director, at 724-837-6006 or 724-433-0819, or email him at Visit our website at

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