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How binding is Early Decision, and what are the consequences of not attending?

I've been hearing mixed information about Early Decision and its binding nature. If I get accepted ED to a school, do I have to attend no matter what? Are there any circumstances where I can get out of it without major repercussions? I'm just trying to understand the consequences of not attending if something changes in my situation. Thanks for any advice!

9 months ago

Hi there! Early Decision is indeed binding for the most part, meaning that if you get accepted ED, you're expected to attend that school and withdraw any other applications you've submitted. However, there are a few circumstances in which you can potentially get out of it without major consequences.

The most common reason would be financial aid. If the financial aid package provided by the school doesn't meet your needs, you may be released from the binding agreement without repercussions. You'll need to discuss this with the school and provide necessary documentation to support your case.

Keep in mind, though, that backing out of an ED agreement without valid reasons may damage your reputation among admissions circles. It's always a good idea to carefully consider your choices and understand the commitments before applying Early Decision. Good luck!

9 months ago

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