Please visit http://www.ncaa.org/student-athletes/future for information about the NCAA Clearinghouse.
The NCAA Clearinghouse is an essential step in becoming eligible to play college sports. Over 180,000 potential college athletes register with the NCAA every year. ... The Eligibility Center is the organization within the NCAA that determines the academic eligibility and amateur status for all NCAA DI and DII athletes.
If you want to play NCAA sports at a Division I or II school, you need to register for a Certification Account with the NCAA Eligibility Center. College-bound student-athletes in Division III can also create a Profile Page to receive important updates about being a student-athlete and preparing for college. Students who are not sure which division they want to compete in can create a Profile Page and transition to a Certification Account if they decide to play Division I or II sports.
On the NCAA Eligibility Center website, you will find the tools and information to guide you toward your goal of becoming an NCAA student-athlete. Allow at least 30 to 45 minutes to register completely for a Certification Account, and 15 to 30 minutes to create a Profile Page. If you need to exit and come back at a later time, you can save and exit once your account has been created.
Register with the NCAA Eligibility Center by following these steps:
- Visit eligibilitycenter.org and read the two account descriptions.
- Decide if you would like to sign up with a Certification Account or Profile Page. If you plan to compete at an NCAA Division I or II school, select the “Create an Account” button. If you plan to compete at an NCAA Division III school or are currently unsure where you want to compete, select the “Create a Profile Page” button. Reminder: you may transition from a Profile Page to a Certification Account, but may not move from a Certification Account to a Profile Page.
- On the next page, provide a valid email address to create either account and begin the registration process. Be sure you provide an email address that you check frequently and will be active even after you complete high school.
- Check your email inbox for an email containing a verification code and return to eligibilitycenter.org. Enter your verification code and continue registering.
- Complete the Account, Basic Information and Contact pages.
- Certification Accounts will be prompted to pay the nonrefundable registration fee. Students have 30 days after receiving a verification code to pay before their account is dropped out of the system. After submitting payment, return to your Dashboard to complete registration.
- Both accounts types will be prompted to enter their most recent Schools information.. Please include all schools, even if you did not receive grades or credits. If you have completed coursework at home, you may or may not be a home school student for the purposes of NCAA initial-eligibility.
- After entering School information, Certification Accounts will be taken to the Sports page. Please select the sport(s) you plan to compete in and continue to answer the Sports questions.
- After completing the School section (Profile Pages) and Sports section (Certification Accounts) you will be taken back to your Dashboard.
Registration Fee and Waiver
Your Certification Account will be eligible for processing once the nonrefundable registration fee is paid or waived. You must pay online by debit, credit card or e-check. The registration fee is $90 for students from the United States and its territories, and Canada. The registration fee is $150 for students from all other countries. Profile Pages do NOT need to pay unless they transition to a Certification Account.
You are eligible for a registration fee waiver if you have received a waiver of the SAT or ACT fee. This is not the same as a U.S. state voucher. You must have an authorized high school official submit your fee waiver documentation online after you complete your registration.
In order to be eligible for an ACT fee waiver, you must meet one of these indicators of economic need:
- Your family receives low-income public assistance
- Your family income is at or below the Bureau of Labor Statistics Low Standard Budget
- You are a ward of the state
- You live in a foster home
- You are homeless
- You participate in free or reduced-price lunch program at school
- You participate in federally funded TRIO Program such as Upward Bound
You are eligible for consideration for an SAT fee waiver if you are a United States citizen or a foreign national taking the SAT in the United States or its territories and you meet one of the following requirements:
- You are enrolled in a program for the economically disadvantaged such as AVID or TRIO
- Your family’s annual income falls within the levels listed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for free or reduced-price lunches
- Your family receives public assistance
- Your family lives in federally subsidized public housing
- You live in a foster home
If you are a home schooled student in the United States or its territories who cannot afford to pay the test fees, you must provide proof of eligibility to your local high school or agency fee-waiver administrator. Only a school or agency administrator can provide you with the fee-waiver card for the appropriate test.
Students from countries other than the United States or its territories are not eligible for a fee waiver.
All fees are nonrefundable after you successfully register with a Certification Account. If you completed a duplicate registration and paid your registration fee twice, you may be eligible for a refund of the duplicate registration fees. To receive a refund, you need to complete and submit a refund form. Once you create a Certification Account, you may not transition to a Profile Page.
The Benefits of Playing in the NAIA
Student-athletes come first in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Their needs, desires and ambitions guide our every decision. They are the inspiration that drives us to make character a core component and benefit of all intercollegiate sports. That's why we are here and why we stand apart.
The Opportunity to Play
- Our NAIA member colleges and universities give student-athletes the chance to compete and learn the ultimate benefits of teamwork and accomplishment.
- NAIA student-athletes experience what it means to be a championship-level competitor.
- Our institutions, administrators and coaches are in unique positions to positively impact the educational, athletic and emotional development of young people.
- Tight-knit campus communities mean closer interaction, stronger relationships, and personalized attention.
Character as our Guide
- The NAIA Champions of Character® program provides our student-athletes and member institutions with the training and positive examples of how character matters. It changes perspectives and fuels better performance on the field, in the classroom and in personal relationships.
- We help prepare our athletes in leadership and in life through programs that help prepare them not only for competition and graduation, but also leadership roles after college.
Click below to complete the NAIA registration.
College Athletic Annoucements
MVNU will host an Athletic Recruitment Day will be held Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019 at Mount Vernon Nazarene University’s Ariel Arena.
The day will begin at 2 p.m. with registration starting at 1:30 p.m. Prospective student-athletes will experience a tour of the MVNU campus, and meet with current coaches and student-athletes.
There are 3 ways to participate in Intercollegiate Athletics here at MVNU:
For the highly dedicated college-level athlete. Varsity teams involve high commitment and drive to compete at the highest level of NAIA play.
For the dedicated student-athlete looking to continue their playing career at the college level with less time commitment than a varsity program. Reserve teams typically practice a few times a week and compete against other college reserve programs.
Competitive sports options that may not necessarily compete in the NAIA. Many have their own independent conference affiliations and compete against other college programs.
Each of these programs has the ability to offer varying levels of scholarships to prospective athletes.
MVNU offers 20 varsity sports, 7 reserve sports, and one club sport.
WOMEN’S VARSITY— Basketball, cross-country, golf, softball, soccer, tennis, track and field, and volleyball
MEN’S VARSITY— Baseball, basketball, cross-country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, track and field, and volleyball (new)
CO-ED VARSITY— Cheerleading and esports (new)
MEN’S RESERVE— Basketball, soccer, and baseball
WOMEN’S RESERVE— Basketball, soccer, volleyball, and softball
CLUB SPORTS— Men’s volleyball
Click below to register.