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My D and I are heading to Rhodes this weekend for the Open House and I had a couple of questions. First of all, I have read different recommendations regarding merit aid and when to apply. Some suggest that by going the early decision route, the college does not have the incentive to provide merit aid because you are "all in" and have committed to Rhodes. Others have suggested that there is more merit aid available early in the application year and those applicants that go early decision tend to receive higher awards. Any thoughts or suggestions regarding the chances of receiving merit aid when going early decision?
Second, we both love BBQ and thought we would go to Central BBQ. The location on Summer Avenue is much closer to our hotel. Is this location just as good in terms of food quality and ambiance as the Central Avenue location? Is the Summer Avenue location a safe place to go to after dark?