National Letter of Intent Information

2018-19 NLI Signing Dates

NLI Signing Dates

Prospective Student-Athletes Signing 2018-19 and Enrolling 2019-20
Sport (s) Initial Signing Date Final Signing Date
Division I Basketball (Early Period) November 14, 2018 November 21, 2018
Division I Basketball (Regular Period) April 17, 2019 May 15, 2019
Division I Football (Early Period) December 19, 2018 December 21, 2018
Division I and II Football (Midyear JC Transfer) December 19, 2018 January 15, 2019
Division I and II Football (Regular Period) February 6, 2019 Division I: April 1, 2019
Division II: August 1, 2019
All Other Division I and II Sports November 14, 2018 August 1, 2019

Receiving a verbal scholarship offer is exciting, but nothing is official until you sign the NLI. While you’re allowed to sign an NLI before you receive your amateur certification from the NCAA Eligibility Center, you must complete your eligibility process and meet the school’s admission requirements. Before you put ink to paper, make sure you fully understand what you’re agreeing to. Here are three things you should know about signing the NLI.What happens when you sign the National Letter of Intent?

Your student-athlete has committed to one year at that school. There’s no need to sign an NLI after their first year. It is the school’s responsibility to let student-athletes know if their scholarship is being renewed after the first year.

The NLI is a binding agreement between the student-athlete and the school where typically the school pledges to provide an athletic scholarship for that year. The NLI and financial aid package are two separate documents. You will need to review both with your student-athlete, and they will need to sign both.

Congratulations! Your student-athlete’s recruiting journey is over. No other schools can continue to recruit them. Keep in mind the NLI is a legal, binding contract. If you change your mind, for any reason, you must ask the school to be released from the program.

There’s a lot to do and remember, so as the next signing day approaches, you can find answers to most of your questions here: National Letter of Intent and National Signing Day