Now that the phenomenon of early decision-making has begun, there are so many opportunities for early reception in different schools. It is all the more important to understand exactly what you agree on if you sign the early decision agreement and what guidelines you might violate if you apply to several “early” schools with different plans. The answer is that it is both. Yes, it is really binding. You, your university counselor and your parents will all sign a sheet of paper indicating that you understand the commitment you are making and that you will participate if you are admitted. That is, no one will come to your house with a pair of handcuffs if something happens and you cannot participate. Note that I use the word “incompetent.” It`s different from, “I`ve changed my mind and I`d rather go somewhere else.” “Incapable” means that your situation has changed dramatically in a way that affects either your ability to pay for school or your ability to be physically present on campus. Perhaps a financial assistance plan with the institution did not work, or perhaps a parent has died or a family business has disappeared. If any of these things happen, be sure to talk to someone in the financial aid department before deciding that it is impossible to participate.

Or maybe you had a serious health problem or an accident. If this is the case, you should look at a gap year – defer your enrolment at your school – before deciding that it is impossible to participate. A quick decision maker is serious. You should do everything in your power to meet the commitment you accept when you apply. In general, the early decision is binding, and the breakdown of a DE agreement usually has serious consequences. For example, students who violate ED agreements are often blacklisted by their “ED” and are prevented from enrolling in one of their other potential institutions for at least one year (i.e. your ed-college informs your other future university and all other admission offers are then withdrawn). However, in certain mitigating circumstances, a university will consider firing you from your DE agreement.

For example, “needy” applicants who can prove that they have not received sufficient financial assistance may be allowed to participate in another location; However, the burden of proof is high and often falls on the student. If you are absolutely, positive, sure that a school is your #1 choice, make up your mind at an early stage.