In addition to university requirements, student-athletes must also meet NCAA requirements for scholarships and financial aid. If you are a student-athlete (SA) at the University of Iowa, or interested in becoming a student-athlete, the following has been created to answer any questions you may have.




Please note that NCAA recruiting legislation is very sport-specific. Please understand the recruiting legislation for the specific sport in which you will participate.




According to NCAA rules, the following are considered recruiting materials (this is not an all-inclusive list): general correspondence (letters, postcards), business cards, e-mails, game programs, media guides, schedule cards, student-athlete handbooks.

Please refer to NCAA Rules on the first permissible time that a recruit (PSA) may receive recruiting materials from an Iowa Coach.

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A contact is any face-to-face encounter between a prospect {parent(s), legal guardian(s), relative(s)} and a coach that goes beyond an exchange of a greeting.

Please refer to NCAA Rules on the first permissible time that a recruit (PSA) may receive recruiting materials from an Iowa Coach.

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An evaluation is any activity designed to assess the academic qualifications or athletics ability of a prospect. Prospects can be evaluated at any point in their high school career, provided they occur during permissible evaluation periods.



NCAA recruiting legislation regarding telephone calls is sport-specific.  It is also is broken down into when a Iowa coach can call a recruit and when a recruit can call a Iowa coach. 

Please refer to the NCAA rules on telephone calls and when the first permissible time is to have telephone contact with a Iowa coach.

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For information regarding the NCAA Eligibility Center and initial eligibility requirements, please visit the NCAA Eligibility Center web site (direct link located on our Helpful Links page).



An official visit is one where an institution pays the expenses associated with a prospect’s visit (transportation, meals, lodging, entertainment). In order to make an official visit, a prospect must:, 1) provided the institution with a standardized test score (PSAT, SAT, PLAN, ACT), 2) provided the institution with an academic transcript (high school or college), and 3) must register with the NCAA Eligibility Center and be placed on their Institutional Request List.. Prospects are limited to 5 official visits (depending on sport) during high school and cannot visit an institution more than once. Please follow the link below for more information on student-athletes and hosts.

Please refer to the NCAA rules about the timing of when a recruit may make an official visit to the University of Iowa.

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An unofficial visit is one where the prospect pays his or her own expenses (transportation, meals, lodging) to visit an institution. On an unofficial visit, the only expense that an institution can provide is complimentary admissions (tickets) to a home athletics event. An institution can provide a maximum of 3 complimentary admissions (prospect plus two guests). Additional complimentary admissions must be purchased in the same manner as the general public. There is no limit on the number of unofficial visits that a prospect can make.

Please refer to the NCAA rules about the timing of when a recruit may make an unofficial visit to the University of Iowa.

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NCAA legislation prohibits prospective student-athletes or the prospect’s relatives or friends from receiving financial aid or other benefits directly from or arranged by a University of Iowa coach, student-athlete or booster. This prohibition shall apply regardless of whether similar financial aid, benefits or arrangements are available to prospective students in general, their relatives or friends. Specifically prohibited financial aid, benefits and arrangements include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Cash or like items and tangible items (e.g., gift certificates, clothing, jewelry).

  • Loan of money, signing or cosigning loans, guarantee of bond or providing special discounts or payment arrangements on loans to PSA, their relatives or friends.

  • Arranging employment for a prospect’s relatives or friends.

  • Promise of employment after college graduation.

  • Involvement in arrangement for free or reduced charges for professional or personal services, purchases, or charges.

  • An automobile or use of an automobile.

  • Free or reduced-cost housing, storage or use of personal property.

  • Transportation costs to prospects, their relatives or friends.

  • Educational expenses (other than from permissible institutional and outside sources).

  • Entertaining prospects and/or the prospect’s relatives or friends at any site either on- or off-campus.

To protect student-athlete eligibility, it is important that both agents and student-athletes adhere to both NCAA rules regarding agents and University of Iowa policy.

Under NCAA Bylaw 12.3, a student-athlete may not agree verbally or in writing to be represented by an athlete agent in the present or in the future for the purpose of marketing the student-athlete’s ability or reputation. Further, a student-athlete may not accept any type of benefit from an agent (or a representative of an agent). If the student-athlete enters into such an agreement or accepts a benefit, the student-athlete becomes ineligible for intercollegiate competition.