Information for Prospective Student-Athletes
Elements of an Athletics Scholarship: Athletics scholarships can be provided in various manners but are restricted by NCAA rules in the total value of a scholarship. A full athletics scholarship at any NCAA institution can cover no more than tuition and required fees, room, board and required books.
Employment Restrictions for Prospective Student-Athletes: NCAA rules permit prospects to be employed by an institution or its representatives but only after the completion of the high school prospect's senior year in high school. Two-year college prospects may not be employed until the individual has withdrawn or graduated from the two-year college. NCAA rules do require that student-athletes and prospects be paid only for work actually performed and that they be paid at a rate commensurate with the work being performed, their level of experience and amount of time committed to the work. Employers of student-athletes and prospects cannot provide transportation for student-athletes to and from work unless the employer provides transportation to all employees doing the same type of work as the student-athlete being transported. Also, employers of student-athletes and prospects may not utilize the student-athlete's name, picture or likeness in promoting their business or product. Any student-athlete or prospect that accepts pay for work not performed, excessive pay, impermissible transportation or permits his or her name, picture or likeness to be used to promote a business or product has put his or her eligibility at risk. If you have questions contact the Office of Athletics Compliance.
Fees and Expenses not covered by an Athletics Scholarship: Even student-athletes that are on full scholarship will likely have expenses related to their admission, enrollment, housing and meal plans at the University of Houston that are not covered by their athletics scholarships. Fees, such as admissions application fees, housing application fees and deposits, and parking permit fees, are not covered by an athletics scholarship and will be placed on a student-athlete's fee bill. It is the responsibility of each student-athlete to pay these fees not covered by his or her scholarship in order to maintain enrollment at the institution. Most importantly, parking tickets and fines are not covered by an athletics scholarship and must be paid by the student-athlete. If you have any questions regarding your fee bill upon your enrollment at UH please contact the Business Office or the Office of Athletics Compliance.
First Permissible In-Person, Off-Campus with Prospects: NCAA rules strictly regulate the initial date that institutional staff members may have the first in-person, off-campus contact with a prospective student-athlete. All sports other than football may have their first permissible in-person, off-campus contact with a prospect during the month of April of the prospect's junior year in high school. This contact must take place on the campus of the prospect's high school and may occur on only one occasion during the month of April. A second in-person, off-campus contact with a prospect may not occur until July 1 following the prospect's junior year of high school and must be within a permissible contact period for that specific sport.
In the sport of football, the first permissible in-person, off-campus contact with a prospect may not take place during the contact period during the prospect's senior year in high school. This period usually begins each year on the last Sunday of November and will extend into the third week of December before starting again in early January and ending just before the national singing date in early February.
Two-year college prospects that were not certified by the clearinghouse as qualifiers upon graduating from high school must not have in-person, off-campus contact with a staff member until after the prospect has completed a full academic year (two regular semesters as a full-time student) at a two-year college. Two-year college prospects that were certified as qualifiers by the clearinghouse may be contacted during their first year at the two-year college during a permissible contact period in their specific sport.
National Letter of Intent Program: The University of Houston participates in the National Letter of Intent program and has implemented policies related to the use of the program that adhere to NLI guidelines and related NCAA recruiting legislation. Additional information regarding the National Letter of Intent program can be found by clicking here.
NCAA Guide to the College Bound Student-Athlete: For students that are considering participating in intercollegiate athletics upon graduating from high school the NCAA has developed the Guide for the College Bound Student-Athlete. This document can be accessed by clicking here.
NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse: The NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse is used by all NCAA Division I and Division II institutions to certify the eligible of student-athletes to practice or compete in intercollegiate athletics and receive athletics scholarships during the student-athletes' initial year of full-time collegiate enrollment. It is the responsibility of each student-athlete to register with the clearinghouse and submit all documents needed to certify the student's eligibility, including final high school transcripts and ACT or SAT test scores. Information on the NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse including on-line registration can be found by clicking here.
NCAA Initial-Eligibility Requirements: Your eligibility to practice, compete and receive an athletics scholarship during your first year of collegiate enrollment is dependent upon your performance in core course at the high school level, your performance on either the ACT or SAT, and your completion of all requirements to be certified by the NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse. NCAA Initial-Eligibility Requirements can be accessed by clicking here or by visiting the NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse website.
Official Paid Visit, Limits and First Permissible Opportunities: NCAA rules strictly regulate the initial date that a prospect may be provided an official paid visit to an institution's campus. In all sports other than men's basketball prospects may not be proved an official paid visit prior to the opening day of classes of the prospect's senior year of high school. Men's basketball prospects may be provided an official paid visit after January 1 of the prospect's junior year in high school, however, official visits to men's basketball prospects may not occur during the summer between the prospect's junior and senior year of high schools. A prospect that was not certified as a qualifier by the NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse and is enrolled at a two-year college may not be provided an official paid visit until he or she has completed an academic year at a two-year college.
Prospects are limited to five official paid visits and must submit an academic transcript (high school or college) and a score from a PSAT, SAT, PLAN or ACT test taken on a national testing date in order to be provided an official visit. Prospects may be provided only one official visit by an institution. Official paid visits must be completed within a 48-hour period. NCAA rules strictly limit the type of benefits and expenses that can be provided to prospects and their families during an official paid visit. For additional information, please contact the Office of Athletics Compliance.
Prospective Student-Athletes' Responsibilities Related to Admissions and Housing: Each prospective student-athlete that intends to enroll at the University of Houston and participate in intercollegiate athletics is responsible for submitting necessary applications, transcripts, test scores and deposits related to the admissions and housing process. An athletics scholarship at the University of Houston, like any other NCAA Division I institution, does not exempt a future student from completing these processes and the responsibility for submitting any needed admissions applications and fees, housing application and deposits and all required high school and/or college transcripts and standardized test scores (ACT or SAT). Please note that a prospective student that has not been admitted to the University of Houston when pre-season practice and/or the semester begins may not participate in any practice or game activities until the admissions process has been successfully completed. For prospective student-athletes entering from high school the admissions and housing processes should be completed independent, but concurrent with the process to be certified by the NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse.
Any questions by prospective student-athletes regarding the University of Houston's admissions process and the determination of on-campus housing assignments should be initiated with Maria Peden, Assistant Athletics Director for Student Services.
UH Official/Unofficial Visit Policy: The University of Houston is committed to providing prospective student-athletes with a positive recruiting experience that accurately reflects the manner in which our student-athletes traditionally live, socialize and interact with the community while enrolled as students at the institution. Like all NCAA Division I institutions we have developed a visit policy that reflects our commitment to this process being positive.
Unofficial visits, Restrictions based upon NCAA Recruiting Calendar: A prospect may visit an institution at his or her own expense an unlimited number of times and may make unofficial visits prior to his or her senior year in high school. Men's basketball prospects may not make unofficial visits during the month of July. In addition, NCAA rules prohibit prospects from making unofficial visits during designated dead periods as outlined in the prospect's sport's NCAA recruiting calendar. As a result, prospects should communicate with a member of the coaching staff before visiting our campus in order to verify that his or her planned unofficial visit is not during a designated dead period.