College Applications

11 Tips for Early Action and Early Decision


  • EA = Early Action
  • REA = Restrictive Early Action
  • ED = Early Decision
  • RD = Regular Decision
  1. Some schools actually waive their app fees for EA/priority decisions.
  2. EA is a great option because youโ€™re committing only to turning your app in early in exchange for hearing back early.
  3. ED is restrictive, but it does up your chances of admission. If youโ€™re 100% sure the school is for you AND you have a plan to pay in case the financial aid they offer you is insufficient, then ED is a good choice.
  4. It takes a special level of interest and dedication to doing ED/REA. If you're one of those people who have those things, then ED/REA is perfect for you.
  5. If you're a procrastinator or want to take time to double-check all your details and are applying to several state or public schools, go for RD!
  6. Make sure to talk to your counselor/advisor about your ED school choice. They may offer different insights or options for you to consider.
  7. EA could possibly increase your financial aid package. ๐Ÿค‘ Applying for EA shows dedication and commitment!
  8. Check the schoolโ€™s requirements for EA/ED. Some may require a mid-year transcript before they will consider your application, and most high schools donโ€™t have them until late December/early January.
  9. Donโ€™t hesitate to reach out to an admissions advisor regarding EA/ED. This shows dedication and concern for your education on your part!
  10. Donโ€™t be discouraged if you donโ€™t make the EA/ED deadline! Most colleges and universities offer a later deadline for RD ๐Ÿ˜Œ
  11. Be sure to research the university before applying for ED. These applications can be legally binding if you do get in, so you want to be sure that it is a school you love!

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