Reality Check: The Game
Guide for the College-Bound Athlete--NCAA Eligibility
Many students have the talent to participate in athletics on the next level and can pay for their education that way, but there are many academic requirements that must be met in order to be eligible to participate in college sports. Use the Guide for the College-Bound Athlete to learn about academic requirements, student-athlete expectations, and the initial-eligibility process. Check out the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Eligibility Center to learn about what you need to do to play Division I, II, and III athletics. Learn about the path you must take beginning in 9th grade to be ready for a future in college sports. See the academic requirements for Divisions I and II below. To find the directory of NCAA Schools, click here.
It is very important for you to do well in your high school courses. Use the following links to learn how to calculate your NCAA Core GPA.
For college admission test, you may choose to take the SAT or ACT. Find information about these tests and resources to help you prepare to take the tests visit the link below.
Your athletic abilities may not be enough to pay all of your college expenses. You may need additional financial assistance. State and federal financial aid may be available for you. Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to apply for grants, work-study funds, and loans. Go to Federal Student Aid to learn about the types of aid available and how to apply for it. The FAFSA is also used to apply for state aid available in Georgia, i.e., HOPE Scholarships and Grants. GAfutures also has information about federal and state (Georgia) financial aid eligibility and awards:
- Federal Aid & Scholarships. This page shares financial aid basics, information about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), federal student loans, and federal student grants. A scholarship search tool is also available to help you find scholarships for which you may be eligible.
- HOPE & State (Georgia) Aid Programs. This page shares information about how to apply for state financial aid programs--scholarships, grants, and loans. Also available is information about other Georgia scholarships and grants including Move On When Ready (MOWR), Georgia's Tuition Equalization Grant, REACH Georgia Scholarship, Georgia's HERO Scholarship, Georgia's Public Safety Memorial Grant, and the University of North Georgia ROTC Grant and ROTC Grant for Future Officers. Information about the "Trade Five" program and scholarship is also accessible from this page.