How do I know if I should apply Early Decision or Regular Decision?

Hello everyone! I'm trying to decide whether I should apply Early Decision or Regular Decision to my top-choice college. What are the pros and cons of each option? How did you all decide which one was right for you? Thanks for any advice you can give!

4 months ago

Hey there! It's great that you're thinking about your college application strategy. I went through this process with my child not too long ago, and here's what we learned about Early Decision (ED) and Regular Decision (RD). Early Decision is a binding agreement, which means if you're accepted, you commit to attending that college and withdrawing all other applications. The main benefit of ED is that you demonstrate your strong interest in that school, and colleges often accept a higher percentage of ED applicants than RD applicants. This can improve your chances of getting in, especially if your dream school has a competitive acceptance rate. However, the downside is that you won't be able to compare financial aid packages from different schools, so it's important to be sure about your choice and have a clear understanding of the financial implications. Regular Decision, on the other hand, is non-binding, and you'll have until May 1st to decide which college to attend. This allows you to weigh your options and compare financial aid offers. My child ultimately chose to apply RD because they wanted the flexibility to make an informed decision. It's essential to consider your personal circumstances and preferences before deciding which option is best for you. Good luck with your applications!

4 months ago
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