If a student is applying online and applying Early Decision to an institution, it is necessary that he/she complete the Early Decision Agreement. In order to complete and submit this form the student must first select the Early Decision term option for one institution. Once this decision is selected, the ED Agreement will be available as a follow-up question within the institution's Questions.
1. The applicant must read and sign the agreement from within his/her Common App account. He/she must then notify the counselor that he/she is applying ED.
2. The counselor must read and sign the agreement from within his/her Recommendation account (if the counselor has agreed to complete recommendations online).
3. The parent/legal guardian must also read and sign the Agreement. The Parent/Legal Guardian must go to the URL (provided in the invitation), enter their email address (enter it exactly as it appears on the notification email; it is case sensitive), read and sign the ED Agreement, then submit it.
4. Students must select a parent/legal guardian at the bottom of the page in the Recommenders and FERPA section before the online agreement is sent to this person. The student should enter the "Parent/Legal Guardian" details and save the page.
Lastly, the counselor will log in to his/her account to read, sign, and submit the ED Agreement as well (if the counselor has agreed to complete the recommendations online). If the counselor is not completing the recommendation online, the student must print the ED Agreement from within the Recommenders and FERPA section, obtain all required signatures and give it to the counselor to send directly to the institution. Please note the counselor is responsible for the submission of the ED Agreement once the student has completed it.
After the student has selected the Parent/Legal Guardian within the dropdown, he/she will receive an email with the URL to the ED Agreement (only if the email address was provided). If the parent/legal guardian does not have an email address, his/her signature is not required online. However, the counselor must still sign his/her portion to complete the online ED Agreement process.