We understand that plans sometimes change. This is why we have instituted a general undergraduate deferral policy that applies to all incoming undergraduate students. This policy will take effect starting with Fall 2024 applicants.
Who can request a deferral?
- Incoming students not currently studying at ULethbridge (both domestic and international).
- Students admitted to non-competitive programs.
- Deferral requests for students admitted to competitive programs may be reviewed in exceptional circumstances at the discretion of the program’s Dean.
What may qualify you for a deferral?
- You will be asked to provide rationale for your deferral request. Several of these reasons may include, but are not limited to:
- Visa/study permit delays
- Participation in an exchange or volunteer program
- Financial need
- Mandatory military service
- Physical or mental health concerns
- Taking a gap year
- Other extenuating circumstances
How long can the deferral be for?
- Deferrals can be granted for up to one full year; the length of deferral must be included in your request.
- I.e., fall to spring, fall to fall, spring to fall, spring to spring (depending on initial application term).
- What if you are ready to start your studies earlier than deferred?
- Contact email@example.com for help getting activated and registered!
Are there any conditions?
- To qualify for a deferral, you must first accept your ULethbridge offer of admission and pay your non-refundable tuition deposit.
- Only one deferral will be granted per application. Your tuition deposit will be rolled forwards to your deferred term.
- Proof of admission requirement completion must be received by the appropriate deferral request deadline. If this requirement is not satisfied, your deferral may be cancelled.
- You cannot attend a post-secondary institution in Canada during your deferral.
- If you attend a post-secondary institution outside of Canada during your deferral, you must inform Admissions in writing and submit transcripts by your deferred term’s deadlines.
- Failure to disclose attendance at another post-secondary institution could result in your application being cancelled or the denial of transfer credit.
What are the deadlines?
- Fall (September) applicants must request a deferral by August 15.
- Spring (January) applicants must request a deferral by December 1.
- Deferral requests made after these dates will be denied.
How do I request a deferral?