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Is applying Early the right decision for you?

October 12th, 2021

Applying to college early can be a useful strategy, but each student must make thoughtful choices. When it comes to applying early there are typically two options: Early Action (EA) and Early Decision (ED).

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Early Decision is binding, so you must be 100% certain you’ve found your best fit. ED students may apply to other schools simultaneously via Early Action (at schools with unrestricted EA policies) and Regular Decision, but only one through Early Decision. If you are accepted ED, you must attend that school and withdraw all other applications.

Early Action, the non-binding option, still provides some advantages for qualifying students. This policy gives students the opportunity to compare financial aid packages and admissions offers before making the final enrollment decision by May 1.

For seniors considering whether to apply early, please pay close attention to your top choice college’s requirements to determine whether this is a good path for you. The article linked below from Nerd Wallet gives a more in-depth look at early application options and is a great resource for students and parents.

Article referenced below from Nerd Wallet, written by Anna Helhoski published on April 30, 2021

Early Action vs. Early Decision: What’s the Difference?

Students who are accepted into college early have the advantage of peace of mind during their senior year of high school. Applying early decision or early action is a smart move for the confident applicant to stand out from the pack. But applying early is not for the faint of heart—those applicants who are accepted enter into a binding agreement to attend that college.

What does early decision mean?

It is critical for a student to be absolutely certain in the choice of early-decision college before applying. Prospective students can apply for regular admission to other schools, but cannot apply to any other college by early decision. If the student is accepted, any other applications must be withdrawn.

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