How to Decide Which Application Plan is Right For You

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If you’re a high school senior, you may have heard about various college application timelines such as early action and early decision. If you’re wondering what the difference is and how to decide which is your best option, this post is for you! 

Read on for a quick rundown of the differences between the plans to help you understand the pros and cons of each. And remember, every student’s situation is different and the most important thing is to choose the option that is right for you.

Meredith offers three First Year application plans: Early Decision (binding), Early Action (non-binding), and Regular Decision.

Early Decision Application Plan

Designed for students who have thought through their college options carefully and are ready to officially choose Meredith as the college they will attend if admitted. Early Decision is a binding application plan. Students admitted Early Decision are expected to withdraw all applications to other colleges/universities and be ready to officially reserve their space at Meredith by December 15. Early Decision applicants who would like to be considered for financial aid should submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in early fall or by the Early Decision financial assistance application deadline.

Early Action (EA) Application Plan

Designed for students who would like to receive a reply from Meredith early and prior to Regular Decision. Early Action is a non-binding application plan. Early Action applicants who would like to be considered for financial aid should submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in early fall.

Note: Students applying for scholars’ programs or talent scholarships are encouraged to apply to the College using the Early Action Application Plan and must be admitted to the College by the Scholars’ Program Application Deadline.

Regular Decision Application Plan

Designed for candidates who wish to apply to a number of colleges. You should plan to complete the application process during the fall or early winter of your senior year.

Learn more about Meredith’s three application plans, including a complete list of deadlines.


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