The National Letter of Intent is a binding agreement between a prospective student-athlete and an NLI member institution. When the NLI is signed, a prospective student-athlete is agreeing to attend the institution as a full-time student for a full academic year (two semesters or three quarters). The institution is agreeing to provide the student-athlete with athletic financial aid for that same academic year.
3 Top Questions about the National Letter of Intent
Who signs the NLI?
YOU, the student-athlete enrolling in the college will need to sign the NLI. If you are under the age of 21 your parent or guardian must also sign the NLI.
How do I get a NLI?
The college recruiting you will send the NLI to you. The materials you receive must include an offer of athletics financial aid for the entire academic year.
When can I sign a NLI?
You can only sign a NLI during the designated signing period for your sport. If you sign outside the appropriate signing period, the NLI shall be considered null and void. Learn more about the Signing Periods for your sport here.
Additional Facts about the National Letter of Intent
For the NLI to be valid, it must meet the following:
The NLI can be declared null and void for the following reasons: