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Education-Impacting Disabilities

For academic eligibility purposes, the NCAA defines an education-impacting disability (EID) as a current impairment that has a substantial educational impact on a student’s academic performance and requires accommodation.

Some of the most common EIDs include:

  • Learning disabilities or disorders.
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
  • Mental health disorders.
  • Medical conditions.
  • Deaf or hard of hearing.
  • Autism spectrum disorder.

A high school student with a documented EID must meet the same initial-eligibility requirements as other students but may be provided certain accommodations to help meet those requirements. For instance, a student with a documented EID may be allowed to take classes designed for students with EIDs if the classes appear on the list of approved NCAA core courses at the student’s school.

In order for courses designated for students with EIDs to be approved, the course must be substantially comparable, qualitatively and quantitatively, as a regular core course offered in that academic area and must appear on the high school's list of approved core courses.

Students planning on attending a Division I school and whose EID documentation is approved by the NCAA Eligibility Center may take up to three additional core courses after graduating high school and before enrolling full-time at a Division I school, as long as they graduate high school in eight consecutive semesters after starting ninth grade.

Students planning on attending a Division II school may take an unlimited number of core courses after starting ninth grade and before enrolling full-time at a Division II school.

Submitting EID documentation

If you are a student with a documented EID, you only need to alert the NCAA Eligibility Center to your EID if you are planning on enrolling full-time at a Division I school and would like to take additional core courses after you graduate high school.

Information about EIDs submitted to the NCAA is not released to colleges unless the student-athlete makes a specific written request.

To document an EID with the NCAA Eligibility Center, a student-athlete must submit the following material:

  • A completed NCAA EID application. Includes instructions for submitting the application and requested documentation, as listed below, to the NCAA Eligibility Center.
  • Current, signed documentation of the diagnosis (including test data) and/or recommendations from the treating professional (e.g., medical doctor, clinical psychologist or other qualified individual).
  • Current copy of the student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) or Section 504 Plan. If the student’s high school did not provide an IEP or 504 Plan, the high school must submit documentation describing the available accommodations or an explanation of why accommodations were not provided.
  • A signed Buckley Statement form, allowing certain individuals to review the student-athlete’s EID information and speak on his or her behalf to the NCAA. A parent or guardian who would like to discuss a student-athlete’s EID request with the NCAA must be listed on the Buckley Statement.

Download an NCAA EID application

Download a Buckley Statement form