Information about Early Decision

Early Decision is designed for you if you have identified Nazareth College as your top choice and wish to:

  • Ensure that you are admissible before the regular decision notification date.
  • Expedite the financial aid process to ensure a Nazareth education is affordable before the regular decision notification date.
  • Secure a place in a fixed-capacity program at Nazareth, such as Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Nursing, Music Therapy, Music Education, and Speech Therapy.

In addition, if you enroll via early decision, you get priority in housing selection.

Applying early decision requires an Early Decision Agreement Form (included in the Common App) that must be signed by you, your parent(s), and your school counselor.

The Financial Aid Process for Early Decision

The most important first step is to fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), available October 1.

This form is used to determine your eligibility for any type of financial aid (scholarships, grants, work-study, and loans), and we encourage all families to submit the FAFSA regardless of your financial situation.

  1. Go to the FASFA website,
  2. Use Nazareth College's school code: 002779 
  3. Select the “IRS Data Retrieval” option to automatically fill the FASFA form with your IRS information.

    Note: You can use your 2018 tax return if you will start classes in fall 2020. 

If your FASFA is complete, your financial aid and scholarship package will be mailed with your admission decision.

If you have any questions regarding Early Decision at Nazareth, please contact your admissions counselor.

Is early decision binding?

The Early Decision Agreement Form establishes a "good faith" agreement between you and your family, the guidance counselor at your high school, and Nazareth. That means if you are accepted Early Decision, and your financial aid package makes Nazareth College affordable, we anticipate that you will enroll and honor your commitment. If the financial aid process identifies that the available funding and your personal financial situation deem it unfeasible, we will encourage you to pursue other options and will assist in the process. However, we have been very successful in working with families on a personal basis to make your goals a reality.

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