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Sending deposits to more than one school

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Sending deposits to more than one school
« on: March 15, 2004, 06:18:50 PM »
There is one school that i really want to go to and the other school is my second choice school

i have applied for several scholarships and if i get enough money, i will go to the first choice school.  But I want to have the second school as a back up so to speak.  I understand that the deposit is nonrefundable.  My second choice school has already sent around a letter to applicants informing them that an extension of the deposit deadline will not be possible.

So my question is, can i send deposits to both schools to buy myself some time until i know about the outcome of the scholarships?

Re: Sending deposits to more than one school
« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2004, 06:46:23 PM »
bump

Re: Sending deposits to more than one school
« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2004, 07:08:29 PM »
My guess is yes, considering financial aid is such an important factor in choosing where to go.  The only catch is you will lose one of your deposits, but it seems you are prepared to deal with that.  If anyone disagrees, please let us know because this is just a somewhat logical guess. ^^

Re: Sending deposits to more than one school
« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2004, 07:11:59 PM »
it's my understanding that as long as you send in the deposit to a school on time, you've reserved your spot in that school. so if you send in deposits to two schools, you've reserved a spot in both, leaving you more time to make your final decision.

all you lose is the deposit at the school you don't go to.

Re: Sending deposits to more than one school
« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2004, 07:48:54 PM »
I am not too familiar with the issue, but I do recall reading in a book or some publication that if you do a binding early decision to a school and then keep other apps open and end up going somewhere, that could go into your LSAC record. Now, while your situation is a little different, you might want to ask the prelaw advisor at your school if possible in case one school has that you accepted and then another. I dont know the ramifications of this, as it may not mean a thing and may not be caught or reported, however, just giving you some food for thought. I know for the early decision thing the text I am referencing said something about tarnishing your integrity. Don't know if you can work with your first choice to tell them that you want to go there or what. Even that has ramifications as they can then offer you admission but not give financial aid that you may have gotten as they beleive that they already have you.

In any case, good luck.

bobfett33

Re: Sending deposits to more than one school
« Reply #5 on: March 15, 2004, 08:01:27 PM »
There is NO penalty whatsoever for paying deposits at multiple schools - if you're still waiting for scholarship information, why WOULDN"T you do this, unless you couldn't afford it.

The only similar situation where it is "illegal" is in the case of early decision admissions.  By applying somewhere "early decision," you are promising that, if accepted, you will go there and to no other school.

Re: Sending deposits to more than one school
« Reply #6 on: March 15, 2004, 08:07:57 PM »
There is NO penalty whatsoever for paying deposits at multiple schools - if you're still waiting for scholarship information, why WOULDN"T you do this, unless you couldn't afford it.

The only similar situation where it is "illegal" is in the case of early decision admissions.  By applying somewhere "early decision," you are promising that, if accepted, you will go there and to no other school.

bobfett,

Thanks for this clarification as the link I was thinking of as I said lacked full backing. I was going to ask a prelaw advisor if this came up in my application process next year and that's why I recommended this.

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Thanks guys
« Reply #7 on: March 16, 2004, 04:05:49 AM »
I didn't apply through any sort of early admissions programs so I don't need to worry about that.  I will still check with the schools to make sure (maybe speed up their decision) but I think that's what i'll have to do.

Thanks!

Re: Sending deposits to more than one school
« Reply #8 on: March 16, 2004, 08:06:16 PM »
now the question should be... at what point can you no longer switch from one school to another (or in other words, when do you have to turn down a seat somewhere else).  Take the following situation:  you get into one school, and get wait listed at a second that starts one month after the first.  You send in your deposit to the acceptance (and since you can send in multiple deposits, this deposit obviously isn't binding), but are admitted off the wait list at the second school.  When is it too late to attend the second school?  If they unwaitlist you after your loans have been disbursed to you?  Or after you start your first day of classes?  Considering deposits aren't binding except in early decision cases, I'm stumped as to the answer to this theoretical question.  Any insight, anyone?

dta

Re: Sending deposits to more than one school
« Reply #9 on: March 16, 2004, 08:24:50 PM »
Accepting an early offer of admittance is legally binding? That's a concern to me. I plan to apply early for admission for Fall 2005. If my number 1 school waitlists me and my #10 school gives me an early acceptance offer i'm in a bind.

Can someone give further information on why they believe an acceptance of early admittance to be legally binding on the part of the applicant?

Thanks!