I've read a little about this but am still a little confused.
Cal Poly is my first choice, so if I decide to apply ED and get accepted, obviously I'd go. But the thing that I'm confused about is the financial aid thing. If I apply early admission, does that mean I can't get financial aid at all? I would have to pay for everything? For example, say I do get accepted for ED, but then UCR offers me a large amount of financial aid. Since I applied ED, would I have to stick with Cal Poly? Or would I be able to go back and decide to go to UCR instead?
I want to apply ED to show them that I really do want to get in and that's my top school, and if I don't get accepted for a specific major during ED, I could change majors to something else for regular admission.
But with the financial aid rules, I don't think it's really a choice for me..
Just need some clarification with this.
My family really cannot afford to pay 25 grand a year for this. (I mean, it'd be better to get some type of aid to help out.)