If you are applying online and applying Early Decision to an institution, it is necessary that you complete the ED Agreement. In order to complete and submit this form you must first select the Early Decision term option for one school. Once this decision is selected, the ED Agreement will be available in the Supplements section of your Common App account.
1. You, the applicant, must read and sign the agreement from within your Common App account. You must then notify your counselor that you are applying ED. Go to the “Supplement” section to read and sign the ED agreement, then save the page.
2. Your counselor must read and sign the agreement from within his/her Common App School Forms account (if your counselor has agreed to complete school forms online).
3. Your parent/legal guardian must read and sign the agreement. The Parent/Legal Guardian must go to the URL provided, 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 save it.
4. You need to add, then select a parent/legal guardian at the bottom of the page in the School Forms section before the online ED agreement is sent to this person. Enter your “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 your counselor has agreed to complete school forms online). If the counselor is not completing the school forms online, you must print the ED agreement (within in school forms 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 you have completed it.
If your parent/legal guardian does not have an email address, his/her signature is not required. However, your counselor must still sign his/her portion to complete the online ED Agreement process and enable you to submit your application. Note that if you are mailing your application and/or if your counselor is sending the School Report online, you must mail the Common Application ED Agreement.
After you have 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 your parent/legal guardian does not have an email address, his/her signature is not required.