Double Deposit At Your Own (High) Risk

On May 1st (or earlier for the non-procrastinators) seniors across the country sent in their enrollment deposits, securing a spot in the freshman class at the college of their choice. But some students played the dangerous game of double depositing.
Double depositing is the action of sending in a check for enrollment to more than one school and students do it for multiple reasons. Sometimes seniors cannot make a choice and, therefore, buy themselves some extra time to choose. Other students send in two deposits because the schools have yet to give final financial aid packages; the students don’t know which one will be more affordable.
Double depositing, however, is unethical and can have horrible consequences. It is a violation of the policies of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and colleges have the right to use double depositing as grounds for withdrawing the student’s admission.
The only ethical reason to double deposit, according to the NACAC, is when a student has been placed on a waitlist. Then double depositing is allowed because the student must secure a spot in another school in case they are not taken off of the waitlist.
Double depositing is unethical because it makes it difficult for schools to properly administer their waitlist. This means the schools and other students suffer. By double depositing students take up two seats, one of which they will not be sitting in come fall. The empty seat would’ve been filled with a waitlisted student had the double depositing not occurred.
In an article in the New York Times school officials warned that, should the practice continue, they will have to raise the deposit fee to make it much more expensive to double deposit.


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