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NLI Signing Dates for Prospective Student-Athletes
Signing 2014-15 and Enrolling 2015-16

Sport (s) Initial Signing Date Final Signing Date
Basketball (Early Period) November 12, 2014 November 19, 2014
Basketball (Regular Period) April 15, 2015 Division I: May 20, 2015
Division II: August 1, 2015
Football (Midyear JC Transfer) December 17, 2014 January 15, 2015
Football (Regular Period) February 4, 2015 April 1, 2015
Soccer and Men's Water Polo February 4, 2015 August 1, 2015
All Other Sports (Early Period) November 12, 2014 November 19, 2014
All Other Sports (Regular Period) April 15, 2015 August 1, 2015


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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