Career ExplorationPreparing for College
** NCAA Information Nights at SRJC: Students who aspire to play sports in college will want to attend a NCAA Info Night on November 9 at SRJC Petaluma or November 16 at SRJC Santa Rosa. See flier for more info.
The best general information for any student wishing to participate in collegiate athletics can be found at www.ncaa.org. The NCAA is the governing body for all collegiate athletics.
You will find the most current regulations regarding academic core requirements, financial assistance and scholarships, and applications on their website. The NCAA requires all prospective athletes to apply online through the Eligibility Center.
The following information is general but provides a guideline for you. To be certified by the NCAA Eligibility Center (www.eligibilitycenter.org), you must:
The new rules governing core courses are detailed on the Eligibility Center website.
Collegiate institutions and athletic associations have regulations that affect the recruiting and college eligibility of prospective student athletes. This includes the awarding of financial aid. Traditionally, these grants are offered by college coaches. Aid may be awarded in one of the following ways:
Full or partial tuition waivers.
When you apply for aid, you should:
Talk to your coach and make sure he/she knows your intent to play collegiate athletics.
When you visit campuses, include a visit with the coaches and athletes. By talking with other athletes, you will be able to construct a clear picture of what your life might be like as a college athlete. Your decision to accept an offer is personal and should be made carefully with your parents/guardians.