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What are the benefits of applying early action or early decision?

Hey collegevine, I've heard that applying early action or early decision can improve my chances of getting into my top-choice schools. What are the benefits of applying early, and how do I decide whether it's the right choice for me? Are there any drawbacks to these options that I should be aware of? I appreciate any insight you can provide!

10 months ago

Hey there! It's great that you're looking into the pros and cons of applying early action (EA) or early decision (ED). My child went through the same process not too long ago, so I can share some insights based on our experience. For starters, applying EA or ED can indeed increase your chances of getting into your top-choice schools, as it demonstrates your strong interest in attending that particular college. Additionally, submitting your application early can lead to a less stressful senior year, as you'll receive your decision sooner than regular decision applicants. For those who are accepted, this means less time spent worrying about the outcome, and more time to plan and prepare for college life. On the other hand, early decision is a binding agreement, which means if you're accepted, you must attend that school (unless there's a financial reason preventing you from doing so). This may limit your ability to compare financial aid offers from other schools. Early action, however, is non-binding, and you'll still have the option to choose from other schools if you get accepted. To decide whether applying early is the right choice for you, consider your level of commitment to your top-choice school and whether you're comfortable with the binding nature of early decision. Also, evaluate your financial aid needs and if you'd like to have the flexibility to compare offers from multiple schools. Good luck with your college applications, and I hope this information helps you make the best decision for your situation!

10 months ago

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