Oct. 8, 2018
Yes, you can do that. But should you? It seems like you'll be setting yourself up for a boatload of bad karma if you apply for aid at Penn while knowing full well that you won't get it.
Granted, we live in an era of politicians and assorted celebrities who seem to have supplanted “Do the right thing" with “Do whatever you can get away with," and these are the role models your generation has grown up with. Moreover, you're navigating a college admission system that is stressful, confusing and even capricious ... or downright unfair. Thus, it's not surprising that gaming this system is attractive to you and to countless others your age.
Even so, “The Dean" can't endorse a strategy that involves outright deception. If you decide to apply EA to MIT and ED to Penn, you'll be “super lucky" to get good news from both, as you've already noted yourself. But if you do, then say, “Thanks but no thanks" to MIT and maybe also, “I'll see you for grad school!"
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