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How binding is early decision, really?

Hey, I'm worried about the binding aspect of early decision applications. What exactly does it mean when they say it's 'binding'? Are there any potential consequences if I decide not to attend the school after I've been accepted through early decision? Thanks for the help!

9 months ago

Hello! I understand your concern about the binding nature of early decision applications. 'Binding' means that when you apply early decision and receive an acceptance, you are committing to attend that school, and you're expected to withdraw any applications already submitted to other schools.

There can be potential consequences if you decide not to attend the school after being accepted through early decision, but these are generally limited to a few specific cases. For example, if your financial aid package isn't sufficient, you may have the flexibility to opt out without penalty. However, colleges also reserve the right to alert other schools if you break the early decision agreement without a valid reason, which could lead to difficulty gaining admission elsewhere.

To avoid any complications, I recommend speaking with your high school counselor or a college admissions counselor for guidance on whether early decision is the right choice for you. Good luck!

9 months ago

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