High School Students
Is it your goal to play college sports? It's never too early to start planning! With over 250 schools across the country, the NAIA can help you find the perfect fit for your athletic college career.
The NAIA Experience
Student-athletes come first in the NAIA. They are the inspiration that drives us to make character a core component and benefit of all intercollegiate sports. Read on to learn what you can expect from your NAIA experience.
- No recruiting calendar restrictions of any kind
- Ability to freely communicate with NAIA coaches directly
- Direct interaction with NAIA coaches
- Mandatory fees, books, and supplies are required for courses in which the student-athlete is enrolled
- Room and board based on the official room and board allowance listed in the institution’s catalog
Each sport has an overall limit on the amount of financial aid it can award as full or partial grants to students in that sport.
Academically gifted students can be exempted from these limits if they meet grade or test score criteria established by the NAIA.
Follow your path to eligibility
Register with NCSA and showcase your future eligibility status as early as your first year in high school.
Take your life and your game to the next level. Register with PlayNAIA, the official clearinghouse for NAIA eligibility.
Find your NAIA School
Search by sport, location, school size and more!
Get ready to play!
Play the sport you love while earning your degree.
What our student-athletes are saying
The talent out here is tremendous. If I could give anybody advice ... I'd say give the NAIA a chance. It's a great place to play.
Baker University (Kan.)
It's never too early to get eligible
The NAIA has partnered with NCSA College Recruiting, the world’s largest collegiate athletic recruiting network. NCSA serves as the official North American recruiting services partner of the NAIA. Register now to use the NAIA Pre-Eligibility Indicator Tool which allows prospective student-athletes to showcase their future eligibility status to NAIA member institutions as early as their first year in high school.