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Which is binding: early action or decision?

Hi all! I'm researching colleges and the application process, but I'm slightly confused about the differences between early action and early decision. I know one of them is binding and the other isn't, but I'm not exactly sure which is which. Can anyone clarify this for me? Thanks a lot!

9 months ago

Hi there! I'm glad you're taking the time to learn more about the college application process. It can get pretty confusing with all the different terms being thrown around.

Early decision (ED) is the binding one, meaning if you are accepted, you are expected to enroll in that college and withdraw any other applications you've submitted. Applicants generally apply ED when they're certain that the college in question is their top choice. Note that some colleges also offer 'ED2' deadlines–this is still binding, but the deadline is typically later than the first round of early decision deadlines.

On the other hand, early action (EA) is non-binding. You can apply to multiple colleges under the early action plan and you're not required to withdraw other applications or commit to the college that offers you early acceptance. This option gives you more flexibility and time to compare financial aid packages from multiple colleges before making a final decision.

I hope this clears up any confusion, and good luck with your college applications!

9 months ago

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