early decision deadlines

In our most recent episode of Getting In: A College Coach Conversation, host Elizabeth Heaton welcomes guests to discuss Early Decision deadlines and “fast apps,” as well as answer a range of listener questions on everything from 401k’s to standardized tests.

Early Decision Trends

First up, college admission expert Kerrin Lyons, formerly of Tufts University, shares resources you can use to dig up Early Decision statistics. Yes, there’s a central source out there that gives you access to nearly every university’s admission data—tune in to learn more! Beth and Kerrin also discuss just how big a commitment ED is and why probability and statistics should never be the only factors that guide you in your admission process.

Listener Questions

Next, Beth is joined by another Tufts veteran, financial aid expert Shannon Vasconcelos to tackle listener questions, including:

  • Will changing my retirement contribution change our eligibility for need-based aid?
  • Is my child in medical school taken into account when I apply for aid for their younger sibling?
  • Do I report deferred compensation on the FAFSA?
  • Can we still get a student loan that we initially declined?
  • Should I retake the SAT/ACT if I have a score that fits my target schools?

Priority Applications

Finally, Julia Jones, former Brandeis University admission officer, answers Beth’s questions about the phenomenon of “fast” or “priority” college applications. What are they, do they improve your chances of admission, and why do colleges use them? Beth and Julia discuss the pros and cons of choosing a fast app over other options.

Join us for our next episode when guest host Sally Ganga and her guests will address whether or not to disclose learning disabilities on the admission application, how you’ll know when you’re ready to submit your first college application, and how to keep track of student loans while you’re in college. Don’t miss it!


Written by Emily Toffelmire
Emily Toffelmire is a member of College Coach’s team of college admissions consultants. Prior to joining College Coach, Emily worked as an admissions officer at University of Southern California as well as a college counselor at high schools in the US and Thailand. Visit our website to learn more about Emily Toffelmire.