If history repeats itself, almost two thousand Class of 2020ers are out in the world who love Tufts and will apply through our binding Early Decision plans. It’s their chance to declare an allegiance to the idea of Jumbo love and find out early if they’ll be attending their dream college next fall.
But what about cost? For students in need of financial aid, ED can feel like a dangerous gamble. You rightfully ponder, “What if I’m admitted and can’t afford to go?”
Technically, there is an out clause in the fine print of the ED agreement for when a family cannot make the finances work. If a student has to break their end of the bargain because of money, there are no law suits or scornful calls to the other universities where you might apply. But while there are no formal repercussions (though perhaps sharing a home with a miserable teenager is a formal repercussion for parents…), it’s an unfortunate scenario for all parties involved and should be avoided. Here’s how:
Applying ED is an important decision on many levels, so take the time to research, ask questions, and do it right. You can flip through the blogs to read more about if it's easier to get in ED, what the dean thinks of ED and who should apply, whether or not ED is for you, what parents should know about ED, and why one Tufts student knew he was ready for ED.
Photo credit: http://blog.riosalado.edu/2011_08_01_archive.html