During the college admissions process, it’s not only important to know your SAT vocabulary—it’s also good to get familiar with some college admissions terms that you’ll be hearing quite often. Check out a few below:
- Early Action: Early Action is a college early admissions policy in which students apply to a school of their choice by an earlier deadline to demonstrate their interest in a school. As opposed to the regular college admissions process, early action generally requires students to submit an application by November 1 of their senior year of high school instead of January 1. There is restrictive early action and non-restrictive early action. Restrictive Early Action allows candidates to apply to only one early action institution and to no institutions early decision, while, these constraints don’t apply to the non-restrictive Early Action policy. Applicants, however, can reject admission offers in both types of early action.
- Early Decision: Early Decision is an early admission policy similar to Early Action, but requires that students who are accepted withdraw their other applications and enroll. It is used to indicate to the college or university that the candidate considers that institution to be his or her first choice. Candidates applying early decision typically submit their applications by the end of October of their senior year of high school and receive a decision in mid-December. So remember: Early Decision differs from Early Action in that it represents a binding commitment—applicants must withdraw all applications to other institutions and enroll at that institution.
- Rolling Admission: Rolling Admission is a policy used by many colleges in which candidates are invited to submit their applications to schools anytime within a large window. The window is usually more than six months long, and some schools do not have a previously specified end date (the window closes when all spots are filled). The university will review the application and notify the applicant of their decision within a few weeks from submission.
- (FAFSA): Free Application for Federal Student Aid. This is the official application students use to apply for federal financial aid for college. It’s filled out annually by current and anticipating college students in the United States to determine their eligibility for all federal student financial aid (including Pell grants, Stafford loans, PLUS loans, and work-study programs).
Hopefully, this knowledge will make it a little bit easier to navigate the often complicated college admissions process.
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