OK, making a final college selection can be tough. I’ll grant you that. And, sometimes people will postpone difficult decisions…it’s classical avoidance behavior.
So, what can you do if you are faced with the decision of choosing between two or more colleges you really like? The simple answer is, be the responsible adult you claim to be and make a decision.
Here’s what you don’t do…you don’t send enrollment deposits to more than one college. It’s dishonest. And, it’s not a victimless “crime”. Here’s why.
Every student who sends enrollment deposits to more than one college is reserving a place that is then not available to a student who may really want it, a student who may have to attend a college he/she does not like as much as a result.
And, when a student sends in a deposit, many colleges “lock up” financial aid for him/her, aid which may not be freed up in time to be given to other students who need it.
Then, there is the issue of housing. A double deposited student often has a housing reservation, resulting in one fewer place in a residence hall for a student who needs it.
Any student who submits deposits to more than one college or university is hurting others. There is no justification, and no other reasonable way to look at it.