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The Scholarship Contract

Learn about how the scholarship contract, also known as the national letter of intent, may create an employee relationship between student athletes and universities.


The scholarship contract, or national letter of intent, referred to as NLI, creates the basis for potential employment relationships between student athletes and universities. The NLI program began in 1964 and has grown over time to now include over 650 Division I and Division II colleges and universities. The Collegiate Commissioners Association governs the NLI program, but the NCAA oversees the daily operations of the program. The relationship between a high school student athlete and a...