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Student athletes prepare to reach their goals to play beyond high school

The NCAA Eligibility Center (formerly called the NCAA Clearinghouse) checks every athlete who want to play sports in college to make sure they’re eligible (except at the NAIA and junior college levels). The NCAA Eligibility Center needs 4 THINGS from you.

1. Good Grades in Core Cummulative Classes
They have a specific sliding scale of what makes the grade and what doesn’t, and a list of classes that every student athlete must have taken in order to compete. Click here for more details about the academic requirements for the NCAA Eligibility Center.
2. Amateurism Status
What’s amateurism? Basically, it means you’ve never gotten paid to play sports, so you’re qualified to play in college.

Student-Athlete list of things that can potentially disqualify you from competing in the NCAA:
1. Contracts with a professional team
2. Salary for participating in athletics
3. Prize money
4. Playing with professionals
5. Trying out, practicing or competing with a professional team
6. Receiving benefits from an agent or prospective agent
7. Agreeing to be represented by an agent
8. Delaying initial full-time collegiate enrollment to participate in organized sports competition
9. Getting financial assistance based on athletics skills or participation

3. Following the rules

Besides grades and amateurism, there’s a whole list of rules the NCAA Eligibility Center has for student-athletes.  The Guide for the College-Bound Student Athlete. You can see or download the latest version of this guide by clicking here. It’s a must-read if you want to play sports in college.

4. Register
Contact the NCAA Eligibility Center and register so they can verify your eligibility.

Contact The Eligibility Center:
Online: www.eligibilitycenter.org
By phone:
877-262-1492 (if you live in the U.S.)
317-223-0700 (if you don’t live in the U.S.)

By mail:
NCAA Eligibility Center
Certifications Processing
P.O. Box 7136
Indianapolis, IN 46207-7136

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More than $185 billion in financial aid is available. Financial aid comes from many sources:

  • Federal government grants, loans and other aid: 73%
  • College grants/ scholarships: 18%
  • State government grants/scholarships: 5%
  • Private and employer grants/scholarships: 4%

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STUDENT ATHLETE SCHOLARSHIPS

NIAAA Student Athlete Scholarship

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  • Applicant must have achieved at least two (2) of the following: (a) minimum of B+ average; (b) ranked in the top 25% of class; (c) ACT score of 24 or an SAT score of 1100 (Verbal and Math only)
  • Applicant must have participated in two sports for at least two years in each sport
  • Applicant must have earned at least one varsity letter in each of two sports
  • Applicant must complete attached scholar application
  • Applicant must have a letter of recommendation from the high school athletic administrator/director
  • School athletic administrator/director must be an NIAAA member and a member of their respective state athletic administrators association
  • The principal or athletic administrator/director must sign the application to ensure that the academic information submitted is accurate
  • All materials must be postmarked to the NIAAA Liaison in your respective state (select your state below to see due date and liaison contact information) no later than your states due date CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS