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What's the deal with Early Decision and Early Action?

Hey guys, I've heard about applying Early Decision (ED) and Early Action (EA) to colleges but I'm not really clear on the differences and pros/cons of each. Could someone help explain these to me? I'm trying to decide if either option is right for my situation. Thanks!

9 months ago

Hello! Both Early Decision and Early Action are great options to consider when applying to college. Let me break it down for you:

Early Decision (ED) is a binding agreement that if you're accepted, you're committed to attending that school. Pros: higher acceptance rates, peace of mind earlier. Cons: binding decision, limited financial aid negotiation.

Early Action (EA) is non-binding, meaning you can apply and receive decisions early, but you aren't required to commit until the regular decision deadline. Pros: Early notification, flexibility to compare offers. Cons: May not increase acceptance chances as much as ED.

So, if you have a dream school you're set on attending and don't need to compare financial aid packages, ED may be the right choice. If you prefer flexibility and would like to keep your options open, consider applying EA. From my experience, it's best to assess your situation and college preferences before deciding on either option. Good luck!

9 months ago

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