Strategizing and timing EA / ED / RD rollout of applications
For those of you with children applying (or applied) EA or ED, what's your strategy for the RD apps. We will be submitting an app EA 11/1 to a reach with a notification date of mid Dec. Son has 7 other schools on the list with otherwise mostly low to high match and a couple of safeties, all with RD deadlines of approx 1/1. We did not do ED anywhere b/c son wasn't sure and b/c we didn't want the financial obligation without other choices.
There are a handful of schools that, even if son gets in EA to the reach, he will still apply to. But then there will be 2-3 he would likely scratch off list (not yet sure which ones though!). All of his apps have several writing supplements, which can be done after EA notification but it will make for a stressful winter break. On the other hand, I don't want to make him do all of them now because it is a lot of work (he spent 6 hours over the weekend doing one set of supplements).
The other consideration is that I don't want to pay for all those apps, which with score reports, CSS, etc averages $125/app.
And finally, how do HSs handle transcript requests via CA and naviance? HS will be closed from mid Dec through RD deadline. If the systems are linked, does the transcript just go automatically with the recs and stuff? HS doesn't like getting transcript requests before app is completely finished.
To wrap all this up: For those of you with kids with labor intensive apps, do you have your child complete all apps for RD in the event EA/ED doesn't work out? Or do you wait for notification?