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What is the difference between Early Action and Early Decision?

Hello! I've been researching college application timelines, and I'm a little confused about the difference between Early Action and Early Decision. Can someone explain the differences and the pros and cons of each? Thanks for your help!

11 months ago

Hi there! I'd be happy to help clarify the differences between Early Action (EA) and Early Decision (ED) for you. Early Action is a non-binding application process, which means you can apply to multiple colleges under EA, and if you are accepted, you're not obligated to attend that specific college. You'll have until May 1st (National Decision Day) to make your final decision. EA can be advantageous if you want to apply to several colleges and receive admission notifications earlier than the Regular Decision timeline, giving you more time to compare offers and make an informed decision.

On the other hand, Early Decision is a binding application process. If you apply to a college under ED and are accepted, you must attend that college, and you'll need to withdraw all other applications. ED is a good option if you have a clear first-choice college and are 100% confident that you want to attend that institution. However, it's important to consider the financial aid aspect before committing to ED, as you won't have the chance to compare financial aid packages from other colleges. I hope this helps!

11 months ago

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