Club Net works very hard to make sure each player succeeds on the court and in the classroom. We are very proud of all of our Club Net players and encourage all of them to pursue education and their desires of playing volleyball at the collegiate level. To assist in this endeavor, we have posted some information for Parents and Players to use as a guideline with how to pursue education at the collegiate level and how to become a collegiate student-athlete.
One of the most difficult decisions a high-school student can face is where to go to college and once that is decided, how to financially pay for college. We have provided some tools below that are designed to be used as a guide on this journey.The First Step is deciding where you would like to go to college and Apply! The link below will take you to a map that will allow you to view all of the colleges in each state and will also take you to their websites.
The Second Step is determining how to pay for college. There is not a Rosetta Stone that can tell you the best way to secure financial aid for college, but there are some things that every incoming student should do to cover their bases:
- Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) – Every incoming and current student should apply for this every year they are in school. Some additional scholarships will require that students apply for this before applying for others.
- Arkansas Scholarship Lottery – The state of Arkansas has a lottery that is used to fund scholarships for students at a number of 4-year and 2-year colleges. In order to check eligibility and potentially to receive the scholarship, you must apply.
- Specific College Scholarships – There are a number of colleges that have scholarships that are specifically funded by alumni or by the colleges. After you apply for your colleges, take a look at their financial aid options on their websites. There is a lot of financial aid out there, you simply need to go and apply.
- Become a Collegiate Athlete – There are many schools would have resources to offer scholarships to student-athletes. However, there are not many schools that will offer full financial aid for incoming students. Many schools will offer some financial aid to students and will increase the amount of aid that is provided based on the player’s needs and contributions to the athletic program. For incoming students interested in becoming student-athletes, please see the information below.
Become a Student-Athlete
If players are interested in becoming National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) or National Association of Intercollegiate Athletes (NAIA) student-athletes, they must first take care of their “student” side. A Transcript is a players Resume`. College-bound student-athletes who want to compete for Divisions I and II programs must be certified academically (and also as an amateur) by the NCAA Eligibility Center or NAIA Eligibility Center.
NCAA Eligibility Center or NAIA Eligibility Center certification does not necessarily mean that a college-bound student-athlete will be accepted for admission at a Division I or II member college or university since institutional admissions requirements often are more restrictive than NCAA initial-eligibility standards. Any college-bound student-athlete should prepare for the academic side of college as though the athletics experience did not exist. Division III does not require NCAA Eligibility Center certification. To participate in Division III athletics, a student-athlete must have been admitted as a regularly enrolled, degree-seeking student in accordance with the regular, published entrance or admissions policies of that college or university.