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USEFUL INFORMATION ON THE NAIA

HOW IS THE NAIA DIFFERENT FROM NCAA? 


The NAIA and the NCAA are two completey seperate associations. There are around 300 colleges and universitites participating in the NAIA, making it much smaller in comparison to the NCAA. Many student athletes prefer the lifestyle that comes with playing in the NAIA as it offers much smaller class sizes, a close knit community, the ability to compete for championships and the course load is much less cumbersome. In the NAIA, there are way fewer recruiting rules and restrictions, and unlike the NCAA, you are able to transfer without losing any academic credits. 

The NAIA does not have National Letters of Intent. There are some schools that still offer NLIs, however, if an athlete signs an NLI they are not obligated to attend that school or institution. Double check with your prospective school to see if the conference it is in requires the school to recognize NLIs that are signed with other institutions within the same conference. 

REQUIREMENTS FOR YOU TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE NAIA

You must graduate from high school in the top half of your graduating class.
 
You must achieve a minimum GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale. 

You must get a minimum of 18 on your ACT or an 860 on your SAT to be eligible for the NAIA.

THINGS TO DO TO BE ELIGIBLE TO PLAY FOR THE NAIA 


You must register with the NAIA eligibility center. There is a $70 fee to do so ($120 for international students).
Ask your guidance counselor to send your official transcripts to the NAIA Eligibility Center with the code '9876' listed as the place where the test scores should be sent. 
If you are applying for both the NCAA and the NAIA note that these are two separate associations and the application processes for both are different!