Many believe that filling the application in the early deadlines can prove to be game-changer but is it really so? Let us try and find out below.
There are two types of early application packages:
- Early Decisions are those packages which might not allow you to apply in any other college if granted an admission.
- You receive admission decision generally by December.
- Though there are certain colleges which might allow you to apply in colleges which do not bind you to apply in a college, if accepted.
- You will have to apply early for these: as early as the first week on November.
- You will have to attend the college if you are accepted and are promised appropriate financial aid. If you do not receive expected aid, you might request them to cancel the offer.
- You will also have to recall all your applications from other colleges. Failure to do so can result in cancellation of admission.
- Early actions are those packages which allow you to consider whether to apply in a college, once you are accepted but no later than the regular deadlines of May 1st.
- You receive admission decision by January or February.
- You can apply in regular admission dates
- Though there are certain colleges such as Yale, Harward, Stanford that do not allow students to either apply for early action or early decision, if you are applying to them.
So should you apply early?
If you are looking to apply early, ensure:
You have done the background research related:
- Expected grant
If you want to apply early, you will have to ensure that you are doing the research while you are in 11th grade or while you are in second year of college. Ask yourself if the college suits your expectations and personality.
If you do not have good grades, and are fighting for that in upcoming annual/semester exam, avoid applying early.