Deferring your Admission to the Korbel School

Many admitted students want to know about the deferral process. First off, a definition. A deferral is when someone pays the required admission deposit of $500 but then tells us to save them a seat in a future class. University policy allows admitted students to defer their admission for up to one academic year. So if you’re admitted for the fall of 2016, you could defer your enrollment until the fall of 2017. Policy only allows for one deferral request. If you don’t enroll after your requested enrollment date, you need to reapply.

How do you defer?

In order to defer your admission, you need to pay the $500 admissions deposit plus a $200 deferral fee. The $500 admission deposit can be made online with a credit card and is easy as logging back into your online application and clicking the deposit button. The $200 deferral fee can only be paid via check (yes, I know, it is 2016) and should be sent to our office address.

Office of Graduate Admissions

2201 S. Gaylord St.

Denver, CO 80238

Your $500 deposit is credited to your tuition when you arrive, but your $200 deferral fee is not. Both are non-refundable if you decide not to enroll.

When does deferring make sense?

Deferring your admission makes the most sense if you have an amazing opportunity for a year-long job or internship, if you just don’t want to be bothered with reapplying, or you can’t reapply (often due to a job or opportunity in a country with limited internet access). Deferring only makes sense when you know that Korbel is where you want to go to school in the future.

When does deferring not make sense?

Deferring your admission does not make sense if you are unsure if you want to enroll at Korbel or if you want to take a year to think about your decision. In these scenarios, I recommend that you reapply for admission. Reapplying involves filling out a new application, submitting new letters of recommendation, a new resume and a new personal statement. The cost associated with reapplying is only a new application fee of $65. While reapplying does not come with the peace of mind that you’ve been admitted that deferring does, for many of our applicants, I think it is a good idea.

Do scholarships defer with me?

Nope, sorry. If you got a scholarship and you defer, there is no guarantee that you will get the award in the future. Instead, you will be considered for scholarship funding along with next year’s applicant pool. If you did not receive a scholarship and you defer your admission, you will also be considered for scholarship funding along with next year’s applicant pool.

I still have questions about deferring.

Call me, let’s talk your situation over.

Brad Miller

Director of Admissions




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