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How to Withdraw Your College Applications

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​​The word “withdraw” means to take back or take away. In terms of college applications, withdrawing your application means that you are no longer considering the school as a possible choice for you. There are several reasons why you might withdraw an application, including getting accepted ED to another school, receiving financial aid from other schools, being unsure whether you want to attend the school, and so forth. It is important to note that withdrawing your application will not hurt your chances at any other schools.


What Does Withdrawing Your Application Mean?


When you withdraw your application, you are cancelling your admission to the school. This can be done in a number of ways, but usually it is done by notifying the admissions office in writing. You will also need to notify any financial aid or scholarship offices that you are affiliated with. If you have already paid your tuition, you will likely be refunded most of your money.


When Should I Withdraw My Application?


There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question, as the best time to withdraw your college application will vary depending on your individual circumstances. However, there are a few reasons why you might withdraw your application.


1. You have been accepted ED to a school that is a better fit for you.


If you have been accepted ED to a school that is a better fit for you, you might want to withdraw your application from other schools so you can focus on the school to which you have been accepted.


2. You have received enough financial aid from other schools and do not want to take out loans in order to pay for tuition at the school you were applying to.


If you have received enough financial aid from other schools and do not want to take out loans in order to pay for tuition at the school you were applying to, then withdrawing your application might seem like a viable option.


3. You are unsure whether or not you really want to attend the school.


Whether it’s because of location, cost or other factors that you’re uncertain about, if you are not sure that you want to attend the school then withdrawing your application might seem like a good idea.


As you can see, there are many reasons why students might consider withdrawing their application.


How to Withdraw a College Application


When you withdraw your college application, it removes the chances of getting any admission offers from that particular school. The process of withdrawing a college application is different for each institution.


Withdrawing Through College Portal


First, login to the website with your credentials pertaining to the institution which you are applying to.


Next, check on your application status in order to make sure that you are on the right page.


Afterwards, a new section will appear with a list of few options.


You may then select the “Withdraw Application” which is present at the bottom of the scrolling text box. Check out all your applications to make sure you’re withdrawing from them all, not just some!


Lastly, check out the confirmation of your withdrawn application.


Withdrawing By Email or Formal Letter


If you choose, you can withdraw your application by either emailing or writing a formal letter to the admission office.


The process is pretty much the same, but there are few differences.


First, check out your college’s applications website to find the email or mailing address of the school in order to send in applications.


Next look for the admissions office in the college and make sure you are addressing it properly like ‘Dear Admissions Officer,’ etc.


Be sure to state all your credentials including name, address and IDs that are connected to your application.


Then, wait for one whole business day before making any phone calls or checking on the email you have used for submitting withdrawal requests.


The process of withdrawing an application is different for each institution so be careful to follow all instructions provided by the admissions office before making withdrawals.


Does Withdrawing Affect Your Chances At Other Schools?


Withdrawing does not affect your chances at other schools. This is because your original application is still active and has not yet been reviewed by the college.


However, once you withdraw it will be reviewed that your application is incomplete or inactive, depending on how long it takes for you to get in touch with admissions. So try withdrawing through the college portal instead of mail if possible!


Also, check out on the schools that you have applied to and accepted offers from before withdrawing college applications.


If you withdraw from all the colleges to which you applied and got an acceptance letter, then your chances for getting in touch with any other college might be limited.


Withdrawing will not affect your chances of getting into another school, but withdrawing early can hurt your chances at getting financial aid packages.


That is why it’s important to weigh all your options carefully before withdrawing any college applications.


To learn more about the process of withdrawing a college application, or if you have any further questions, be sure to check out our CollegeVine Community Forum!

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Angelica is 2020 grad of the University of Minnesota with a degree in quantitative economics. She is a Founder and CEO of a strategic business consulting firm that helps startups, small enterprise and entrepreneurs with their goals. In her free time, she likes to read and travel.