Could you explain what the “NCAA Clearinghouse” does?

Athletes must be awarded the “license to compete”, and the NCAA’s “Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse” is responsible for managing this process. Before being allowed to play in the NCAA I or II, you must be registered with the Clearinghouse. Based upon your academic performance and SAT/ACT results, the Clearinghouse will determine whether or not you are eligible. The Clearinghouse will also check to see whether you are an amateur athlete, and will address any questions regarding the length of your eligibility. When determining eligibility, the Clearinghouse serves as the final authority.