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NLI Signing Dates for Prospective Student-Athletes
Signing 2015-16 and Enrolling 2016-17

Sport (s) Initial Signing Date Final Signing Date
Basketball (Early Period) November 11, 2015 November 18, 2015
Basketball (Regular Period) April 13, 2016 Division I: May 18, 2016
Division II: August 1, 2016
Football (Midyear JC Transfer) December 16, 2015 January 15, 2016
Football (Regular Period) February 3, 2016 April 1, 2016
Soccer and Men's Water Polo February 3, 2016 August 1, 2016
All Other Sports (Early Period) November 11, 2015 November 18, 2015
All Other Sports (Regular Period) April 13, 2016 August 1, 2016


Collegiate Commissioners Association

What is the National Letter of Intent (NLI)?

The NLI is a binding agreement between a prospective student-athlete and an NLI member institution

  • A prospective student-athlete agrees to attend the institution full-time for one academic year (two semesters or three quarters).
  • The institution agrees to provide athletics financial aid for one academic year (two semesters or three quarters).

Basic penalty for not fulfilling the NLI agreement:  A student-athlete has to serve one year in residence (full-time, two semesters or three quarters) at the next NLI member institution and lose one season of competition in all sports.

Quick Reference Guide to the NLI

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Athletic Scholarships

Does the NCAA award athletic scholarships? Individual schools award athletic scholarships, not the NCAA. Division I and Division II schools offer athletic scholarships. NCAA members provide more than 1.5 billion in athletic scholarships annually.

Is an athletic scholarship guaranteed for four years?

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