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Compliance Corner November 2011
NATIONAL LETTER OF INTENT (NLI)
Requirements for Offer of Financial Aid
To give a qualifying offer of financial aid the following requirements must be met:
• A high school or preparatory school prospective student-athlete must register with the NCAA Eligibility Center
• A high school or preparatory school prospective student-athlete must be placed on the Institution Request List (IRL) with the NCAA Eligibility Center; and
• A high school, preparatory school, or transfer prospective student-athlete must complete amateurism certification questionnaire administered by the NCAA Eligibility Center
Restriction on Letter of Intent
• It is impermissible for an institution to participate in its own or a conference related financial aid agreement that precedes the initial regular (as opposed to early) signing date for the National Letter of Intent program in the same sport.
• However, a prospective student-athlete can sign an institutional or conference financial aid letter of intent during the National Letter of Intent during the early signing period in the applicable sport.
Written Offer of Aid Before Signing Date
• Prior to August 1st, of a prospective student-athlete’s senior year in high school, an institution shall not provide a written offer of athletics related financial aid or indicate in writing to the prospective student-athlete that an athletically related grant-in-aid will be offered by the institution. It is permissible for an institution to indicate in writing to a prospective student-athlete that athletically related grant-in-aid will be offered by the institution on or after August 1st of the prospective student-athlete’s senior year in high school;
• However, it is not permissible for an institution to have the prospective student-athlete sign a form indicating their acceptance of such an award before the initial signing date in that sport in the National Letter of Intent program.
NLI Delivery Method
• It is impermissible for a National Letter of Intent to be given in-person by an institutional staff member. However, an NLI can be sent by express mail, courier service, regular mail, electronic mail or fax.
Institutional Orientation Session
• A recruited prospective student-athlete who has signed an NLI or has received an offer of admission/financial aid for those institutions that do not use NLIs or those who cannot sign an NLI (four-year college transfers) and has reported to an orientation session at the institution that is open to all incoming students within 14 days prior to the opening day of classes of a regular academic term shall not be subject to the contact restrictions in Bylaw 13 and are considered student-athletes for applicable purposes in Bylaw 16 as of the opening day of the orientation session.