November 9, 2012

NCAA DI Volleyball Dead Period and Tips/Info

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November Recruiting Tips

National Letter of Intent (NLI) 

Early Signing Period - Volleyball, 11/14 to 11/21.

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.

  • More questions on the NLI? See the FAQ on the NLI website:


Applications: The deadline for Colleges and Universities that accept the Early Decision or Early Action applications, will usually fall around November 1st or 15th.  

ALERT:  Early Decision is binding if you are accepted to that institution!

Financial Aid – FAFSA

  • It's important to tell senior families that they need to create an account at and apply for a PIN, so on January 1st or soon after they can fill out the FAFSA forms.
  • They also need to use last year's tax returns and fill out a FAFSA worksheet prior to Jan 1st, so they are prepared to fill out the FAFSA Form on Jan 1st.
  • The FAFSA forms are FREE and no matter what the family income is, this is an insurance policy to protect the student-athlete in the event of unforeseen circumstances.

ALERT:  Money is first come first serve!
  • Applying as soon after January 1st as possible will ultimately benefit you since the funding is limited. At some point some of these funds will no longer be available each year and applying early protects you from potentially missing out on some types of aid. In addition, early application will help the colleges and universities get back in touch with you earlier regarding the specifics of their offer. The sooner you have this information from schools, the more time you will have to compare and evaluate your options in order to come to the best decision for you and your family.

ALERT: Everyone needs to apply for FAFSA!
  • It is strongly recommended that every student submit the FAFSA, regardless of family income. There are several reasons making it advantageous for everyone to apply. More schools are now requiring the FAFSA be on file in order to award even an athletic scholarship, the FAFSA will ensure you are eligible for the maximum amount of aid possible, and the FAFSA can be used as an insurance policy while you are in school. If unforeseen circumstances make it necessary to spend family money elsewhere, you will be able to appeal your award decision in order to receive additional funding to cover the new financial situation you may find yourself in. This will help you continue to focus on your course work since additional funding can be made available instead of potentially having to decide whether or not you can continue at school.


DIII presidents review graduation-rate data:


  • Dead Period from November 12th-November 15th

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