Early Decision for International Students
I checked the latest information from many top schools related to early decision for international students. Apparently, some colleges had restricted this in the past because of concerns about understanding the legality of the binding process. This is no longer the case. International students requiring aid should be cautious about applying early. Like U.S. students, they will not have a basis for comparing packages if they only use the early decision (versus early action) option. Also, international students required to submit tests such as TOEFL have to be careful to adhere to all deadlines and have all documentation in on time. That said, international students should only apply early if the college is really their first choice. If they do not require aid, statistics may bear out the early application.