How to defer your admission

I received a few emails lately about deferring admission to a future term.   First, a few definitions since we allow two types of deferrals:

1. Reverse Deferral: Enrolling during the summer quarter even if you were admitted to the fall quarter. With a reverse deferral, you would actually be enrolling early not later, confusing eh?  Some students opt to do this because they want to get an early start on their Korbel degree. Instead of starting in September, they begin classes in June.  The downside of this is that scholarship money does not apply to the summer quarter and since the summer quarter is considered to be part of the previous year’s financial aid term, you would need to complete the 2013-14 FAFSA, even if you just completed the 2014-15 FAFSA.  Also, instead of taking 10 weeks classes, you would most likely be looking at a 2-4 week class–which is incredibly intense. We do not charge the $200 deferral fee (see below) for the reverse deferral.

2. Future Deferral: Some students have some great opportunities pop up after they receive our admission letter. Be it a job, an internship, an opportunity to learn Swahili–something came up that won’t allow you to enroll in the fall.  In these cases, they request a future deferral, or the guarantee that their admissions offer will be held for them for a future date.  If you know that you won’t be enrolling next fall but want to keep your options open, request the deferral before your tuition deposit deadline and it will automatically be granted. If you request the deferral after the deposit deadline, your deferral request will be considered on a case by case basis. In order to request a deferral, you need to submit:

1. $500 tuition deposit plus a separate $200 deferral fee. Both payments are non-refundable. The tuition deposit can be paid online with a credit card, directly from your checking or savings account or submitting a check or money order. The deferral fee must be paid with a separate check or money order sent to:

The Office of Graduate Admissions

Josef Korbel School of International Studies

2201 S. Gaylord St.

Denver, CO 80210

Checks can be made out to the University of Denver.

2. A written statement outlining the reasons for requesting a deferral, which must also include the following statement:

“I understand that these payments are non-refundable if I fail to enroll in the term agreed upon. Regardless of the reason for not enrolling, both my deposit and my offer of admission will be forfeited.”

Deferrals can be requested for up to one academic year (winter 2015, fall 2015). If your deferral is granted, you are expected to enroll in the quarter specified on your initial request.  If you do not enroll in the specified term, you will forfeit your admission.
Scholarships for the Josef Korbel School of International Studies will not transfer to the term of deferred admission.

Please let us know if you have any questions about the deferral process or if you are interested in requesting one.

Brad Miller

Director of Graduate Admissions


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