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Difference between Early Decision and Early Action?

Hey all! I recently started researching the college application process and I'm a bit confused about the difference between Early Decision (ED) and Early Action (EA). Can someone help me understand the difference, and also the pros and cons of each? Thanks in advance!

8 months ago

Hello there! I'm glad you're getting started on understanding the admissions process early. Early Decision (ED) and Early Action (EA) are both options that allow you to apply to college earlier than the regular decision deadline. The key difference is that ED is binding, meaning if you're accepted, you're committing to attend that college and must withdraw applications to other schools. EA, on the other hand, is non-binding; you can still apply to other colleges and compare offers.

Some pros of ED are that it demonstrates strong interest in the college and may give a slight edge in admissions due to the binding commitment. However, a con is the loss of financial aid leverage, as you won't be able to compare aid packages from different schools. For EA, the pro is the non-binding nature — you keep your options open and receive admissions decisions early. The main con could be the pressure to complete your application sooner, but if you're ready, it's a solid choice. Each strategy's effectiveness depends on your unique situation, so weigh them carefully with your college aspirations and financial considerations in mind. Good luck!

8 months ago

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