This is my first post, but I have been reading for a while. My daughter was just accepted to an honors program at one of our state university regional campuses with a significant scholarship offer. The letter she received is requiring her to commit to the school, accept the scholarship, and also submit enrollment and housing deposits by January 31 if she wishes to participate in this program. While she is very interested in this program, she is also in the middle of the application process for another competitive scholarship program that would be more beneficial to her if she is chosen. This scholarship would not be able to be used at this particular campus as only some schools in the state participate in the program. This particular regional campus is not one of them. She will not likely receive a decision for this program until March. We are also low income and need complete financial aid packages before she can truly make a final decision.
My question is - can they actually require her to commit and submit these deposits by January 31st rather than the national May 1 deadline since this is an honors college program? This school and the honors program is high up on her list and we do not want to lose the guaranteed scholarship. However, we feel it is unfair to be forced to commit without a complete financial picture of what she may receive at the other colleges she has been accepted to. When I called the school to ask about the January 31st date, I was told it was because the honors program currently has a wait list.
Please offer any advice possible as we are in a dilemma and don't know how to proceed from here.