Junior College Letter of Intent

January 15th is the first day that athletes in selected sports can sign a Letter of Intent Scholarship Agreement with a junior college.  Those sports are baseball, men’s & women’s golf, ice hockey, softball and men’s & women’s tennis.

The National Letter of Intent and the NJCAA Letter of Intent/Scholarship agreement are separate documents, so it is possible to sign both.  The athlete can then decide later which school is a better fit for them.

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  • gmt

    My son has been asked to sign a letter of intent with a junior college to play soccer. He is actually hoping to receive an offer to run track, but the track season will not end until 5/2012. If he signs the letter of intent to play soccer, but then a 4 year school offers him a scholarship to run track, would he be able to accept the track scholarship, or would the letter of intent bind him to attend the junior college to play soccer? Thank you.


    • Hi GMT,

      Hope your Christmas was a good one. Your son can sign a letter of intent with a junior college and a National Letter of Intent with an NCAA Div. I or II program without one impacting the other. They are two separate and distinct documents. However, keep in mind that when your son signs a letter of intent with a school, he is signing with that school for all sports. So, if your son signs a letter of intent with school A, he is committing to that school, whether he will be competing in soccer or track.

      Congrats to your son on his offer, and good luck this spring!


  • Derrick

    My son signed a letter of intent with a college to play football in Kansas. We live in Atlanta and he no longer wants to be so far away from home is there anyway out of the letter of intent?

    • Derrick,

      Your son will have to request a release from the NJCAA Letter of Intent signed by the AD and President of the school that he signed with. Otherwise, he won’t be eligible in his first year at another NJCAA school.

      Good luck to your son,


  • jean

    Our son signed on to play NJCCA D 2 golf, He was injured doing an assigned drill, coach had him running laps around the field house carrying 20 pound weight over his head for one hour, he went down and sustained a leg injury. He has never gotten to play in a match or tournment, only practices with his team on their home course. He is a first year student, less then 10 weeks into the year. He is an out of state student, very unhappy, wants to quit the team. If that happens he has no desire to stay at the out of state college. Can he come back to his home state and play golf at a D3 4 year college of play for another Njcaa school here?

    • Hi Jean,

      Your son can play for another NJCAA school if he is released by his current school and satisfies the transfer requirements. He can be eligible at a Div. III school as long as he is eligible and in good academic standing at the time that he leaves the NJCAA school.


  • Cynthia

    Hello Rick-
    My daughter is attending a NJCAA school that she signed a one year NJCAA letter of intent with for golf. At the beginning of the spring semester she decided she did not want to stay at the JC for a second year so began applying to 4-year colleges with plans to transfer after completing the first year at the JC. She is a NCAA qualifier. She was accepted at a D1 NCAA college and offered a NLI. Is she allowed to sign the NLI with the D1 and complete the season with the NJCAA- or will this disqualify her for completing the season with the NJCAA?

    • Cynthia,

      It will not disqualify her from completing the season under the NJCAA rules. However, her coach may get upset about having a “distraction” before the season is over, so she may want to inquire about any team rules that the coach has just for that team.


  • Lisa

    My daughter asked to be released from her letter of intent from a NCJAA for volleyball, upon deciding she wasn’t ready to leave home. She has now been offered to play for a team that is close enough to home to continue living there. Is she eligible to play for this 2nd team? What do we have to do in order to do it the right way? Can she play as a walk on player, not under scholarship, can she play without having to involve the other team? Thanks in advance for any help you can offer.

    • Lisa,

      She will need to obtain an NJCAA Release Agreement Form signed by the President and AD of the original school she signed with.


  • James

    My Son Signed A national letter of intent to play JUCO Basketball,the school let him know there weren’t any funds for a scholarship for him but another kid that signed with a scholarship has decided to transfer to a D1 school and we talked to the coach about him getting his scholarship and the coach is giving excuses and now I am trying to get him out of this intent because of no funds to pay for school.

    • James,

      Ask the JUCO that your son signed with for an NJCAA Release Agreement so that he can pursue a scholarship at another JUCO.


  • Fredrick

    My son signed a letter of intent to play at a Div ll junior college that doesn’t offer scholarships. He has completed his first year, and do to financial reasons, would like to peruse junior colleges, or 4 year schools, that offer scholarships. My question is,, if the athlete is carrying the full financial burden of the cost, does he have the right to leave that school if offered a scholarship elsewhere?

    • Fredrick,

      If your son is going to consider other JUCOs, he’ll need to have an NJCAA Transfer Waiver form signed by the administrators at the school. If he’s looking at four-year schools, that won’t be necessary.


  • dee

    what causes a revocation of a juco letter of intent?

    • dee,

      Any number of things could cause that to happen, from failure to meet the admission requirements of the school, to an athlete getting in trouble with the law, to the coach being upset if the athlete continued to entertain offers from other JUCOs.


  • Rose

    If i signed a letter of intent for a junior college to play soccer, but i got a job which helps more with money can i get out of the letter of intent?

    • Rose,

      You will have to discuss that with the coach at the JUCO to see if he/she will agree with that.


  • Mischell

    My son signed a letter of intent to play for a junior college. The coach told the team this week that he is going to make cuts, what does that mean? Can he cut players who signed that contract? When we signed we were told that the letter was a contract that he would play for that school for one year. I am now confused and worried, we spent a lot of money for him to go to college there.

    • Mischell,

      Coaches can basically cut players at any time. There may be policies at the JUCO that address their scholarship, but there are no policies that say a coach must retain an athlete as a member of the team, or give a player a certain amount of playing time.


  • carol

    my son is trying out for his junior college basketball team,they already list signed recruits and return players on rooster a total oof 16 how many more players can they sign

  • Susan

    son received 2 yr 70% baseball scholarship to a junior college in Missoouri. he feels that it is a mistake and would like to come back to Texas and do a walk on, what would be consequences and or procedures?

    • Susan,

      Your son should complete the semester at his school and do as well as possible academically. If he withdraws in mid-term, he will leave having earned zero credit hours, and will not be able to be eligible at the next school. He will need to obtain a signed NJCAA Release Agreement from the JUCO in Missouri.


  • Ron

    I signed a letter of intent to play baseball at a junior college in June of 2013 for the 2014 season. After trying out this fall I was red shirted. I received no scholarship. Is the letter still binding and for how long. Sincerely; Ron

    • Ron,

      The letter is still binding until next summer unless you obtain an NJCAA Release Agreement signed by your current school’s President and AD.


      • Curtis

        So if I understand u correctly, the President and the AD can release a play at well? I have a similar situation. My son signed for a college under the assistant coach with the approval of the new head coach. Now, that the assistant coach will no longer be at the school, the new head coach is saying that he may not honor my sons scholarship.

        Can you provide me with some advise?

        • Curtis,

          That is the requirement for the NJCAA Transfer Release Agreement for an athlete to transfer from one JUCO to another JUCO. If you have more specific questions, you may want to contact me directly at rick@informedathlete.com.


  • Kenny

    Mr. Allen, if my son signs a letter of intent with a junior college to play baseball and then is offered a scholarship at a DII or DI can he break the Juco letter of intent and sign with the larger school?

    • Kenny,

      Yes, your son can “double sign” with a JUCO and an NCAA school. This is fairly common. However, you may want to consider being upfront with the coaches your son is talking with, as some NCAA coaches don’t want to harm relationships they have with certain JUCOs from which they recruit.


  • Trisha

    Junior College Letter of Intent

    January 15th is the first day that athletes in selected sports can sign a Letter of Intent Scholarship Agreement with a junior college. Those sports are baseball, men’s & women’s golf, ice hockey, softball and men’s & women’s tennis.

    Does this mean that you can not sign Letter of Intent for a community college for baseball until January, 2014?

  • Matt

    My son is an international student from Canada and signed a letter of intent at a D1 Junior College in Tennessee to play baseball. It is not a full-ride scholarship. He is consistentally undervalued due to his size, and has to prove himself to coaches on any new team he has ever played for. He ended up excelling during his first term, being ranked near the top as a pitcher. With a few full ride scholarship kids not returning, for the next term can his scholarship being changed to a full ride?

    • Matt,

      My primary expertise is with NCAA rules, so I’m unsure if there are any specific JUCO rules regarding a mid-year increase.


  • David

    My son is currently signed with a juco basesball team and is in his first semester. Is he able to apply to a D2 school and talk to the coach while he is in his first year of college and then transfer after one year?

    • David,

      This is possible as long as he was certified by the NCAA Eligibility Center as a Qualifier for Div. II when he finished high school.


  • Coach James

    My player recieved a JUCO scholarship for soccer and it was signed in early Feb. She just got an injury and it looks like a torn ACL. She is afraid to tell the JUCO coach, afraid that she will loose her scholarship. Is this possible?


    • Coach James,

      Under the NJCAA rules, the scholarship can’t be cancelled because of an athletically-related injury.


  • Dave

    Do you know much about the california Juco and the letter of commitment? for baseball anyway they do not offer any scholarships, but we are tols they do offer a letter of commitment to play the sport? any word on that?

    • Dave,

      I’m not very familiar with the California JUCO system, but I can tell you that the NJCAA does allow a Letter of Intent to be offered even if the athlete won’t be receiving an athletic scholarship. The CCCAA may have a similar arrangement.


  • Mark

    If a player signed a junior college LOI for the 13-14 competition year and played. But wants to transfer to another junior college for better playing time and opportunities, will he need release, or will the LOI run out once the 13-14 academic year is up? Could he sign another LOI with a different JUCO for the 14-15 year?

    • Mark,

      The athlete will need a release from the agreement with the first JUCO. Another LOI can be signed for next year.


  • Chris

    If a player has signed a NJCAA D1 NLI, but has NAIA and USCAA schools offering decent or better deals. Can he still pursue the NAIA and USCAA offers?

  • Brandon

    I signed to play football at Navarro junior college, is it possible for me to sign to play at a NAIA football program without any punishment?

    • Brandon,

      Since you are dealing with two separate organizations – the NJCAA and the NAIA – this is possible.


  • Michael

    My brother signed a NLI to a D1 school in Feb. He is still in junior college and hasn’t yet started any classes at the D1 school because he is not yet finished with his junior college degree yet. He is decommiting and wanting to attend another D1 school closer to home. But still has summer classes to finish his juco degree. Is ok to leave the D1 school he signed his NLI without a penalty?

    • Michael,

      No. If he attends a different Div. I school than the one that he signed with, there will be penalties unless he is granted a release by that school.


  • Ray

    Is there such a thing as a letter of intent in CA
    JUCO Football ?

    • Ray,

      I reviewed the CCCAA website and bylaws, and didn’t find any reference to a letter of intent.


  • Nick

    If my son has committed to a junior college but it’s getting looks late in the season from d2 schools that want to offer. Will that interfere with the junior college letter of intent?

    • Nick,

      No, since the junior colleges and the NCAA schools are two totally separate organizations.


  • Kendrick

    I signed a scholarship with community college A to run track. But I don’t wanna go there anymore. I’m trying to go to community college B to run track. How do I get out of the first CC?

    • Kendrick,

      You’ll need to obtain a Release from your letter of intent with community college A before you can receive a scholarship and be eligible to compete at community college B. It must be signed by the AD and the President of the college.


  • L. W.

    My grandson signed a letter of intent with a juco in Kansas last week. He says he is is not accepted until he either gets an email or a letter of acceptance in the mail. Since we are not familiar with this, what does that mean? Does this letter of intent obligate him to the school and the school to him?

    • Hi L.W.,

      If your son chooses not to attend the Kansas JUCO that he signed with, and instead enrolls at another JUCO this Fall, he’ll be ineligible to compete or receive an athletic scholarship at the second school. So, it doesn’t obligate him to attend that school, but does restrict prohibit him from signing with another JUCO.


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