When students are considering Athletic Scholarships through the NJCAA, the following criteria must be met.
Eligibility to play the sport,
Students must be a high school graduate or must have received a high school equivalency diploma
Junior Colleges are unique in the fact that eligibility and academic standard are determined on a per student/athlete basis
Only an individual who is an amateur is eligible for intercollegiate athletics participation in a NJCAA certified sport.
An individual loses amateur status and thus shall not be eligible for intercollegiate competition in a NJCAA certified sport if any of the following criteria applies:
Uses his or her athletics skill (directly or indirectly) for pay in any form in that sport;
Accepts a promise of pay even if such pay is to be received following completion of intercollegiate athletics participation;
Signs a contract or commitment of any kind to play professional athletics
Receives, directly or indirectly, a salary, reimbursement of expenses or any other form of financial assistance from a professional sports organization based on athletics skill or participation;
Competes on any professional athletics team, or on a team where any member of the team is considered professional
Enters into a professional draft
Students might have to take a placement test. Even programs that are open enrollment do not automatically register students for college-level classes. In order to determine if remedial or developmental course work is necessary, most community colleges require placement tests, such as:
The College Board's Accuplacer
State-specific tests like Florida's College-Level Academic Skills Test (CLAST)
The college's own tests
The SAT or ACT may also be used for placement purposes. At some community colleges, students who achieve certain SAT or ACT scores may be exempt from taking placement tests in reading, writing or math.