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Athletics and College Scholarships

Want to play sports in college?  You have lots of options.  Students interested in playing college sports need to consider your options early.  See below resources for the important information you will have to attend to.

NCAA – The National Collegiate Athletic Association

The NCAA has three membership divisions: 

Division I is the biggest and most competitive NCAA division. Colleges that compete in Division I must offer scholarships, many of them full, to their student-athletes and will expect a rigorous commitment from their athletes.

Division II athletic programs are smaller and less competitive than those in Division I.  Most student-athletes don’t get full-ride scholarships, but many do get some financial aid for playing.

Division III programs are the least competitive and colleges do not offer sports-related financial aid. Still, these schools recruit athletes, and being one can help you get into a college that wants you in its program.

If you are planning to participate in NCAA programs, YOU MUST BE CERFIFIED by the NCAA Initial Eligibility Clearinghouse.  It is your responsibility to make sure the Clearinghouse has the documents it needs to certify you.

1)      No later than Junior year:  Register online and pay the fee by going to www.ncaaclearinghouse.net

2)     At the end of Junior year: Submit an official high school transcript from every school you have attended to NCAA showing at least 6 semesters.

3)     Submit SAT or ACT scores directly from SAT/ACT to the NCAA Eligibility Center

4)     Spring of Senior year update academic and amateurism information and request final amateurism certification.

5)     Request a final high school transcript to be sent to the eligibility center upon graduation.

NAIA – The Association of Intercollegiate Athletics

The NAIA is another governing body for college athletics and scholarships, typically for smaller liberal arts colleges.  For participation instructions and member schools go to www.naia.org.

NJCAA – The National Junior College Athletic Association

The NJCAA is the governing body of intercollegiate athletics for two-year colleges.  For more info:  www.njcaa.org.

Helpful Resources and Info on the steps to take - www.athleticscholarships.net

Athlete Show Case Website – www.berecruited.com

On this website you can create a profile with your personal stats and videos for college coaches to preview.