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NCAA & Amateurism
Prospective student-athletes enrolling for the first time at a Division I or II school must receive a final amateurism certification before being eligible to compete. This includes transfers from junior colleges, NAIA, international or Division III schools.
To receive an amateurism certification, prospective student-athletes should:
Register with the NCAA Eligibility Center;
Completely and accurately fill out the “Sports Participation” section during registration;
Request final amateurism certification promptly; and
Monitor tasks assigned to their account.
Below are some situations that may impact a prospective student-athlete’s amateur status. Click on each topic to learn more about the NCAA Eligibility Center’s requirement in each of these examples.
Taking a break between high school/secondary school and full-time collegiate enrollment and continuing to participate in your sport(s).
Using a recruiting agency, scholarship agent or a scouting service.
Receiving payment from a sports team to participate.
Receiving funds or money to offset training expenses.
Accepting prize money based on performance/finish at a competition.
Being represented or marketed by a professional sports agent.
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