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NLI Signing Dates for Prospective Student-Athletes Enrolling 2014-15


Initial Signing Date

Final Signing Date

Basketball (Early Period)

November 13, 2013

November 20, 2013

Basketball (Regular Period)

April 16, 2014

Division I: May 21, 2014

Division II: August 1, 2014

Football (Midyear JC Transfer)

December 18, 2013

January 15, 2014

Football (Regular Period)

February 5, 2014

April 1, 2014

Field Hockey, Soccer, Track and Field/Cross Country, Men's Water Polo

February 5, 2014

August 1, 2014

All Other Sports (Early Period)

November 13, 2013

November 20, 2013

All Other Sports (Regular Period)

April 16, 2014

August 1, 2014


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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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