National Letter of Intent: What is it and when is Signing Day?
When it comes to accepting an athletic scholarship from most NCAA D1 and D2 schools, student-athletes are asked to sign a National Letter of Intent (NLI). It is a contract signed by both the student-athlete and the school offering the athlete a scholarship.
By signing this contract, student-athletes are agreeing to attend the school for at least one year and the school is agreeing to provide the athlete an athletic scholarship for that year. While student-athletes may continue to receive an athletic scholarship after the first year, they are not required to sign a new NLI every year.
Each year, the NLI announces the official Signing Day dates, which vary by sport. For the 2020-2021 signing period, student-athletes have until August 1, 2021 to sign their NLI, with the exception of football and basketball athletes. View all 2020-2021 Signing Dates.
It’s important to note that the NAIA and NJCAA have their own versions of the National Letter of Intent (NLI). To learn more about the NLI, including early signing period and early enrollment, visit NCSA’s website at ncsasports.org.