What you need to know about early decision and action

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What you need to know about early decision and action

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There are typically 2 early admissions programs: early action and early decision. Early action is where a student applies, typically November 1st, November 15th. Those are the two deadlines. So a student will apply, hear back typically in December. But if that student gets into a school is not required to go there. Then there's early decision. Same time frame. Apply either usually by November 1st or the 15th. Hear back before the New Year. But if you do get in in early decision, you have to go that school with one exception. If you do not get enough financial aid for early decision, they will let you out of the commitment. So that's the one way that you can get out of an early decision commitment. The other - there's a third type. Single choice, early action. So that is, you're applying and you're not committed, but you can only apply to that one school early action. You can't apply anywhere else early. It's confusing, and very few schools have that restriction. But you're going to want to know before you check any box what the policies are of that school.
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Danny Ruderman

Independent College Counselor

Danny Ruderman is a nationally recognized college counselor whose mission is to help as many families as possible navigate the admissions process.  

The Fontana High School and Stanford grad is the author of The Ultimate College Acceptance System and creator of college counseling programs used by school districts across the U.S. and Fortune 500 companies. He is known for his huge forehead and helping students get into schools that really match their interests. His newest book, Top 100 Answers to Your College Admissions Questions will be released in March 2013.

Danny graduated with Honors from Stanford University and holds a BA in Human Biology with an emphasis in Education. He was named a Merit Teacher for his work at Campbell Hall School in Los Angeles and worked as an educational therapist for K&M Associates in Los Angeles. He is also a member of the Western Association of College Admissions Counselors (WACAC). He has been featured on NPR’s Marketplace, Fox News, The Los Angeles Times, Between the Lines on PBS, College Bound Magazine, The Bill Handel Show, and Powernomics. Danny is also a regular contributor to Money 101 on KFWB in Los Angeles.

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