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Declining a school after accepting the offer

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by catty_cat_cat catty_cat_cat (New) New Nurse

catty_cat_cat has 4 years experience and specializes in critical care.

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Hi all, 

I applied to several schools and got accepted into a few of them. Just wondering what the etiquette is around declining a school offer after one has already accepted the offer and put down a deposit. Is that frowned upon or is it consider a normal part of the application process? 

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Notify the programs ASAP. Give them the ability to accept someone else. Expect that your desposit is non-refundable unless you were informed otherwise.

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I imagine it is not thrilling for a program to hear someone they were counting on is backing out, but that’s why they have waitlists. Thank them for the opportunity, let them know you are withdrawing from your seat for another program. The sooner you do this, the better for other people who were waitlisted. 🙂 

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Schools are used to this - it's not rare.  As others have mentioned, thank them for the opportunity.  If you feel the need to go into further detail, you can just put something such as another matter came up that won't allow you to attend.  Plain and simple.

Of course, no deposit(s) will be returned.

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Defibn' has 6 years experience as a RN, EMT-P and specializes in SRNA.

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Yes tell them now. It will change someone's life getting called off the waitlist. 

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