WHAT is a Letter of Intent?


For any high school athletes, parents and even some coaches, you always hear about signing a “Letter of Intent” or the BIG “Signing Day”, etc.   It is amazing that a lot of people don’t really know what is involved with the Letter of Intent, other than the fact that it represents an athlete’s commitment to a particular college.   Here is a little information that should prove helpful…..

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.