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  • Not Wanting to Attend the Signing Institution
    • What happens if I change my mind about attending the institution with which I signed?

      And I want to attend another NLI institution instead:
      - The NLI basic penalty is that you lose one year of competition in all sports and must serve one year in residence at your next NLI institution.

      But I do not want to attend another NLI institution:
      - The penalty does not have to be served unless you attend an NLI institution.

  • Extenuating Circumstances
    • What are extenuating circumstances?

      Extenuating circumstances must be presented in any appeal to the NLI Appeals Committees as grounds for a complete release. In general, the committee determines what constitutes extenuating on a case-by-case basis. However, examples may include illness of the student, illness or death of a parent or financial hardship of the student's family which prevent the student from attending the signing institution. Again, the merits of each case are different which is why extenuating circumstances are evaluated case-by-case.

  • Institution Granting Complete Release
    • Is an institution required to grant a complete release if I ask for it?

      No. Just as the NLI is a voluntary agreement, granting a complete release is voluntary. If an institution denies your request for a complete release, you may petition the NLI Policy and Review Committee for Division I or the NLI Review Committee for Division II for such a release. In order to file an appeal, you must provide a copy of the NLI Release Request Form indicating "No Release." Once proper documentation has been submitted, the Committee will consider your request.

      The NLI Release Request must be submitted online and is located on the NLI website (www.nationalletter.org). The NLI Appeals form is also located on the NLI website.

  • Complete Release Denied
    • If my complete release is denied, is the institution obligated to provide a hearing?

      No. You are not entitled to a hearing under NLI policy inasmuch as you are permitted to file an appeal when denied a complete release by the signing institution.

  • Signing another NLI
    • If I sign an NLI and get a complete release, can I sign another NLI in the same signing year?

      No. NLI policy states a prospective student-athlete is only permitted to sign one valid NLI in an academic year. Therefore, if you sign an NLI during the early period and get a complete release by the institution or one of the NLI committees before the spring signing period ends, you are not permitted to sign a second NLI in the spring. You must wait until the next academic year to sign another NLI if you have not enrolled already at a four-year institution.

  • NCAA One-Time Transfer Exception
    • Is a complete release from the NLI basic penalty the same as the NCAA One-Time Transfer Exception?

      No. The NLI complete release and the NCAA One-Time Transfer Exception are two different policies. The fact that a student is eligible for the NCAA One-Time Transfer Exception does not mean a student-athlete has received a complete release pursuant to the NLI program, nor does being granted the NCAA One-Time Transfer Exception eliminate the penalty provisions of the NLI.

      If you have any questions about NCAA transfer and eligibility rules, please contact the NCAA at (317) 917-6008.