NCAA Eligibility Information for Students with Disabilities
Eligibility Information for Student-Athletes with Documented Education-Impacting Disabilities
August 1, 2016
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Note: Students should complete their NCAA Eligibility Center registration prior to submitting their EID documentation. Please include your NCAA ID number, home address, telephone number, and high school graduation year on the EID cover sheet.
For academic eligibility purposes, the NCAA defines a disability as a current impairment that has a substantial educational impact on a student’s academic performance and requires accommodation. A student with an education-impacting disability (EID) must meet the same requirements as all other students, but may be provided certain accommodations to help meet those requirements. If you are a student with a diagnosed EID, you can choose to let the NCAA Eligibility Center know about your EID only if you plan on using additional core courses after high school graduation (and before initial full-time collegiate enrollment) and you plan on attending an NCAA Division I college or university. It is important to note that a student with a documented EID must still meet all NCAA initial-eligibility requirements to receive athletics aid, practice and compete in the initial year of full-time collegiate enrollment at an NCAA Division I or II institution.
For more information, visit NCAAEligibilityCenter.org. This information can be found on the 2016-17 NCAA Guide for the College-Bound Student Athlete here.
For Division I initial-eligibility purposes, based on the approval of the disability documentation submitted, you may use up to three additional core-course units completed after high school graduation and prior to full-time collegiate enrollment, provided you graduate on time within four consecutive academic years (eight semesters) with your class (as determined by the start of ninth grade).
Division II student-athletes may use unlimited core courses completed after the start of grade nine and prior to initial full-time collegiate enrollment.
Divisions I and II student-athletes with an EID may:
• Use courses for students with EIDs that are designated on the high school’s approved List of NCAA Courses.
• Take an ACT or SAT with accommodations to satisfy test-score requirements.
Documenting Your EID
In order to access the additional three core-course accommodation for Division I listed above, you must submit the following documentation by mail, fax or email using the contact information on the next page.
• Current, signed documentation of your diagnosis (including test data) and/or recommendations from the treating professional (e.g., medical doctor, clinical psychologist or other qualified individual); and
• Current copy of your Individualized Education Program (IEP) or Section 504 Plan. If the high school did not provide an IEP or 504 Plan, the high school must submit documentation describing the accommodations that were available for you or an explanation as to why accommodations were not provided.
NCAA Eligibility Center
PO Box 7110
Indianapolis, IN 46207
If approved, you will be notified in writing and will be provided with additional information regarding what accommodations are available.
Please note that NCAA academic requirements are the same for all students, including students with a documented EID. For additional information, including a cover sheet and the “Buckley Statement,” which you may wish to complete to allow the NCAA Eligibility Center to speak to others about your EID status, please access the “Frequently Asked Questions for Students with Education-Impacting Disabilities” page.
SAT/ACT Exam with Accommodations
If you have a documented EID, you may also request to take an SAT or ACT exam with accommodations to satisfy test-score requirements. Follow these guidelines:
• Register for accommodations per the directions described by SAT or ACT.
• Follow procedures governed by SAT or ACT. The test may not be administered by a member of your high school athletics department or any NCAA school’s athletics department.
• If you take an SAT or ACT exam with accommodations, you may take the test on a date other than a national testing date, but you still must achieve the required test score.
• Your high school counselor can help you register to take an SAT or ACT exam with accommodations.
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