The transition into college is an exciting and nerve-racking idea for young adult and their parents alike. This section is designed to assist the players and their family in this transition. Whether you are looking to continue playing at the next level or just to continue your education, I hope these various links and bits of advice will help make the transition a little easier.
For those players who want to play at the collegiate level the recruiting process can be a quite confusing and intimidating situation. The NCAA has many rules that both the recruiter and player must abide by. Any questions that you might have can be answered on the NCAA Recruiting page. It may be useful to familiarize yourself with the glossary found on the right side of the page.
When does the process start?
Soccer Recruiting Timeline
It is important to remember that when deciding on a college to select, that players should take a number of criteria into consideration . The athletic program should not be the only deciding factor when making your decision.
Playing at the collegiate level you become a "student-athlete" and the order of these words is pertinent. You are first and foremost a "student" at the school and must maintain the school's agreed upon GPA in order to continue being an athlete. Staying on top of your schoolwork and practice requires time management and organization of priorities.
When you have some colleges in mind that you are interested in, it is important to visit the campus and get a feel for the environment. The size, location and atmosphere of a campus can be deciding factors for the success of the player.
Once you've decided on a college you are interested in, both academically and athletically, you still have to be able to qualify and be accepted. Your GPA and SAT or ACT scores determine whether you will be accepted to that school. Certain schools require that you take both tests; some only require one or the other.
Colleges SAT Scores
Besides being accepted to the school that you've chosen, you will need to register with the NCAA Clearinghouse to verify your eligibility.
NCAA Clearinghouse Eligibility
Once you have done that, It is very important you proceed with applying for financial aid to help assist in the cost. You will need to sign up with FAFSA and fill out the required information. This form needs to be filled out by the beginning of each year January through March. FASFA will let you know what grants and loans you qualify for. And it's a first come basis.