The official start of the NLI signing period will kick off on November 8, 2023, and will continue until August 1, 2024, for all current high school seniors. You can sign at any time during this period.

When you sign the NLI you agree to attend the institution full-time for one academic year in exchange for athletic aid for that academic year. You do not have to re-sign the NLI each year, your institution will notify you if your scholarship is renewed after the first year.

The NLI is a binding agreement between the student-athlete and the institution, whereas a verbal commitment is only between the student-athlete and the coach and is not legally binding. So once you’ve signed the NLI, if the coach were to leave, you’re still legally obligated to attend that institution.

The NLI is ONLY signed by DI and DII student-athletes who are receiving athletic aid. If you are only receiving academic aid (or no aid at all) or you are attending a DIII institution then you do not sign an NLI. You can still have a “signing day” to celebrate your commitment to play college golf though!

Congrats to all of those who will be signing NLIs and to those who are celebrating their commitments to play college golf.


Written by: Brandi Jackson, RecruitPKB College Consultant

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