Table: Playing the College Game
-- If you're seeking financial aid, forget early decision. It's important to review competing offers to get the best aid package possible.
-- If your child does apply early to a top school, keep exploring other options in the likely event of a rejection. Students should fill out several other applications as backup so they can be ready to send them out in case they don't get in.
-- Don't pressure your child into applying early decision if he or she is not ready for that commitment.