Difference Between Early Decision and Early Action
Unlike early decision where you can only apply early to one college, early action you can
Hello. I’m Dr. Rachelle Wolosoff, founder of CollegeSearchExpert.com. And, I’m here for About.com. I’m going to tell you the difference between early decision and early action when applying to college.Early decision and early action are key elements to filing and applying to schools. They’re very popular these days. And, what it allows you to do as a student is to literally file your applications earlier to various schools. Those schools that will accept early decision and or early action. What happens is that you get to file your college application mostly by November 1rst or November 15th. And the beauty of that is that you get to hear from the colleges that much earlier. December 1, December 15th, depending upon the college.However, it’s very important to know that with respect to early decision, it’s binding. So that if you are accepted to a college under the early decision plan, you must attend that college. And, you must take back any applications that may be out there for regular decision for example. So, you may not get the benefit of knowing what other financial aid you might get at schools. That all has to be taken into account.There are very few exceptions to that. Perhaps there has been a change to your financial situation. That might get you out. But, you really must go to that school.Now, early action is different. Same kind of thing. You can apply early to a college. You can apply early to many colleges. Unlike early decision where you can only apply early to one college. Early action you can apply to many different colleges, as I said, and it is not binding. So that’s the benefit of early action.There is something else, called restrictive early action, that you need to be aware of. It’s almost a sub-set, if you will, of early action. And, like its title says. It restricts you. So, you may not be able to apply early at other locations, schools. You may have to think a lot about that decision as well.You really should like the school that you’re applying to, and secondary, you should be a strong contender for that school. You should be able to fulfill the criteria to get into that school, scholastically and otherwise.Thank you for watching. To learn more, visit us on the web at About.com.