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Are there any benefits to applying to college early?

Hey everyone! I'm a junior, and I've heard that applying to college early can have some benefits. What are the advantages of applying early, and are there any downsides? Should I consider Early Action or Early Decision? Thanks for any advice!

10 months ago

Hey there! It's great that you're thinking about college applications already. Applying early can have its benefits, but it's important to weigh the pros and cons before making a decision. Early Action (EA) and Early Decision (ED) are the two main options, and they differ in a few key ways.

Early Action is non-binding, which means you'll receive your admissions decision earlier than regular decision applicants, but you're not committed to attending the school if accepted. This can give you more time to compare financial aid offers and make a well-informed decision. One downside to EA is that you might feel rushed in completing your application, which could impact the quality of your submission.

Early Decision, on the other hand, is binding. If you're accepted, you're expected to attend that college and withdraw all other applications. This can be a great option if you have a clear top choice, and applying ED can sometimes increase your chances of admission. However, you'll need to be certain about your decision and be comfortable with the financial aid package you receive, as there's little room for negotiation.

Ultimately, it depends on your individual circumstances and preferences. If you're unsure, it might be helpful to talk to your school counselor or visit the colleges you're interested in to get a better idea of what might be the best fit for you. Good luck!

10 months ago

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