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The only way that you can be relieved from this is if the college accepts a petition that your financial aid is not sufficient to allow your attendance. Nonetheless, you should not apply ED to a school if you need financial aid, nor should you apply ED if the school is not your first choice. ED does generally afford an admissions advantage, though.
Should a student who applies for financial aid not be offered an award that makes attendance possible, the student may decline the offer of admission and be released from the Early Decision commitment.
If you are admitted under the Early Decision program, you are obligated to accept Columbia's offer of admission. Once you accept Columbia's offer of admission, you may file no further college applications and must withdraw any other applications that have already been submitted. Only students who (after consultation with the Financial Aid Office) cite financial reasons for not attending will be released from the Early Decision agreement.
Man i have more than 3 months to study for the SAT, using the blue book once a week just for testing is enough?
On the other days i will be learning grammar, vocabulary, writing essays, reading and solving
math problems, so that means im only going to use the blue book in sunday and just for a complete test and review.
Is this a good way to study?
The "petition" the OP mentioned was probably in reference to the citation of financial reasons that many colleges have in place.
If im concentrating on one Ed (Penn) and i would like apply to 2-3 other reach schools (NW, Hopkins, and Brown), and also applying on 2-3 med programs (moderatly seletive ones, not focusing too much on HMPE, or even doing rice/baylor), then is this a reasonable strategy?
Well Grammar from Cambridge Grammar in Use
Vocabulary from Direct Hits and word lists
Read, well i will try to read the best well written books posible
and about math problems i think that i will try to get a book or something like that
We should publicize this anomaly of having to "fight" to be released; which school was it?
That is how it works, no "petition" is necessary.
And about grammar well your grammar guide seems complete but the cambridge books have exersices and that stuff, also english isn't my foreign language so extra grammar wouldn't hurt me.
Also how much time you think i should put on each area besides the test?