Helpful guide for future student-athletes and their parents

If you’re a high school student hoping to play college athletics — or a parent/guardian of a potential student-athlete — things can get a bit confusing when it comes to knowing how to become eligible.

Even if the New York Institute of Technology is not your future destination, a visit to the Bears’ website could prove to be beneficial.

And this goes for anybody who’s looking to play alongside the 400,000-plus athletes already participating in 23 sports at more than 1,100 colleges and universities around the nation.

Among the NYIT’s helpful resources is a Q&A that provides answers and links with the 411 on some of the oodles of questions you likely have about the future.

For starters, it’s suggested — and wisely so — that prospective students check out the NCAA Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete. While it’s a lengthy read, it’s also free! And packed with important info. And did we mention it’s free? (Trust us, you’ll come to appreciate any free reading material in college.)

You should also register with the NCAA Eligibility Center.

This guide from NYIT also addresses topics for transfer students and international students, academic and amateurism certification, recruiting and more.

For more information, students can call the NCAA Eligibility Center (Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern time) at 1-877-262-1492.

Bonus: That phone call is also free.

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