DEFER YOUR
ENROLLMENT

Deferment Options for
Admitted Students

Main Campus

The policy outlined here applies to summer or fall 2021 admits only. Review the policy for students originally admitted for summer or fall 2020 or spring 2021.

Deferment requests will be accepted for main campus first year, transfer, domestic, or international students* who are unable to enroll in their original admission term due to a faith-based mission, gap year experience with no college credit, health/medical, military service or visa complications.

Admission deferment guarantees admission into the university and not necessarily admission into a particular major. Students can defer up to two semesters. Students deferring for a faith-based mission or military service may defer up to four semesters.

Students are only eligible for deferment if they are not planning to enroll in college coursework at another post-secondary institution.

*Main campus returning and non-degree seeking admitted students are not eligible for deferment and must apply again for the future term.

 


 

When to Request a Deferment

Summer or fall 2021 admitted undergraduate main campus first-year or transfer students can defer their admission through August 9, 2021. Deferment requests submitted after August 9 – August 20 are not guaranteed and will be reviewed for approval. After August 20 students who were admitted and unable to enroll for fall 2021 will have to submit a new application for admission for a future term.

The deadline to request deferment for spring 2022 students is Friday December 17, 2021. Deferment requests submitted between December 18, 2021 and January 11, 2022 are not guaranteed and will be reviewed for approval. After January 11, 2022 students who were admitted and unable to enroll for spring 2022 will have to submit a new application for admission for a future term.

Deferment requests for students admitted for summer/fall 2022 will not be available until March 1, 2022.

 


 

Steps to Request a Deferment

1. Withdraw From Classes

If you are enrolled in classes, you will have to withdraw from your classes before you can submit the deferment request form. Log in to your UAccess Student Center to drop your classes. If you are not enrolled in classes, complete step 2.

2. Pay Your Enrollment Fee

To secure your admission for a future term, you must pay your enrollment fee via the Next Steps Center. Instructions for logging into the Next Steps Center can be found in your acceptance letter.

3. Submit Your Deferment

Log in to your Future Wildcat Account, click on your application, and go to the Defer Admission tab to fill out and submit your form. Please allow one-to-two business days after submitting your enrollment fee for the deferment form to appear.

When you submit your deferment request form, you are also deferring your housing application and canceling your orientation session, if applicable. You will be responsible for any nonrefundable housing charges or other university charges you might have on your account. You can view your UAccess Student Center to see if you have any outstanding charges.

Upon submission of your deferment form your merit tuition scholarship will also be deferred. You will retain the amount of your original tuition award to the deferred term. If the tuition awards change for the term you deferred to, you will not be eligible for the new award amount.

*If you have received any financial aid or scholarship disbursements before you submit your request for deferment, those funds must be returned.

 


 

Terms & Conditions

Conditions of Deferring Your Admission

  • The deferment is not to exceed four semesters based on the qualifying reasons outlined above.
  • You may not attend another post-secondary institution during your deferment period. Your record will be reviewed through the National Clearinghouse to confirm that you were not enrolled at another institution during your deferment.
  • If you enroll at another post-secondary institution, your admission and merit tuition scholarship award(s) will be canceled and you will forfeit any enrollment fees and/or any associated orientation fees previously paid. If you wish to enroll at a later date, you will need to reapply for admission and you will be re-evaluated for scholarship eligibility.

How to Return to the University of Arizona After Deferment

  • Go to the Next Steps Center to sign up for orientation and complete any other necessary steps for enrollment.
  • If you didn’t enroll at another institution during your deferment, your scholarship will automatically be reinstated.
  • If you attended another institution, your admission will be canceled. You will have to reapply for admission, submit updated transcripts, and you will be re-evaluated for scholarship eligibility.

    Arizona Online

    The policy outlined here applies to summer or fall 2021 admits only.

    Admitted first-year, transfer, returning, and non-degree seeking applicants for Arizona Online – both domestic and international – may request to change their admission start term for any reason.

    Students can change their admission start term for up to two semesters. Students requesting to change their admission start term due to a faith-based mission or military service may delay their start up to four terms/semesters.

     


     

    When to Request a Deferment

    Admitted undergraduate students can request a change of start term up to one year from the start of their original admit term, but no later than two weeks prior to the second seven-week session start date.

     


     

    Steps to Request a Deferment

    1. Withdraw From Classes

    If you are enrolled in classes, you will have to withdraw from your classes before you can submit the deferment request form. It is your responsibility to withdraw from classes. You must withdraw from all classes before the end of the refund period based on the session or term you are enrolled in, or you will be responsible for all tuition charges. 

    Log in to your UAccess Student Center to drop your classes.

    If you withdraw after the refund deadline, you do not need to submit a deferment, you will remain active and able to register for the next term. Any financial aid or scholarship disbursements must be returned.

    If you are not enrolled in classes, complete step 2.

    2. Submit Your Deferment Request Form

    Log in to your Future Wildcat Account, click on your application, and go to the change of admission start term tab to fill out and submit the form.

    When you submit your deferment request form, you are also canceling your housing application, if applicable. You will be responsible for any nonrefundable university charges you might have on your account. You can view your UAccess Student Center to see if you have any outstanding charges.

     


     

    Terms & Conditions

    Conditions of Deferment

    • The deferment is not to exceed four semesters, based on the qualifying reason outlined above.
    • If you have been awarded a scholarship, you may not attend another university before your enrollment. Your record will be reviewed through the National Clearinghouse to confirm that you were not enrolled at another university prior to your enrollment at the University of Arizona.
    • Transfer students who enroll at another university and were offered a merit tuition scholarship will no longer be eligible for that scholarship, your admission will be cancelled and you will have to reapply for admission and submit updated transcripts.

    How to Return to the University of Arizona After Deferment

    Near You Network

    Deferement process for summer/fall 2021.

    Admitted first-year, transfer, returning, and non-degree seeking applicants for University of Arizona Near You Network locations may request to defer.

    Students can defer for up to two semesters. Students requesting to defer due to a faith-based mission or military service may delay their start up to four terms/semesters.

     


     

    When to Request a Deferement

    Admitted undergraduate students can request a change up to one year from the start of their original admit term, no later than two weeks prior to the second seven-week session start date.

     


     

    Steps to Request a Deferment

    1. Withdraw From Classes

    Before you can submit the deferment request form, you will have to withdraw from your classes. It is your responsibility to withdraw from classes. You must withdraw from all classes before the end of the refund period based on the session or term you are enrolled in, or you will be responsible for all tuition charges. Log in to your UAccess Student Center to withdraw from classes.

    If you are not enrolled in classes, complete step 2.

    2. Submit Your Deferment Request Form

    Log in to your Future Wildcat Account, click on your application, and go to the change of admission start term tab to fill out and submit the form.

    When you submit your deferment request form, you are also canceling your housing application and canceling your orientation session if applicable. You will be responsible for any nonrefundable housing charges or university charges you might have on your account. You can view your UAccess Student Center to see if you have any outstanding charges.

    If you have been awarded a merit tuition scholarship award, your merit tuition scholarship award will be retained for the future term upon submission of your deferment form. If the tuition awards change for the term you changed to, you will not be eligible for the new award amount. 

     


     

    Terms & Conditions

    Conditions of Deferment

    • The deferment is not to exceed four semesters, based on the qualifying reason outlined above.
    • If you have been awarded a scholarship, you may not attend another university prior to your enrollment at the University of Arizona. Your record will be reviewed through the National Clearinghouse to confirm that you were not enrolled at another university.
    • Transfer students who enroll at another university and were offered a merit tuition scholarship will no longer be eligible for that scholarship. Your admission will be canceled and you will have to reapply for admission and submit updated transcripts.

    How to Return to the University of Arizona After Deferment

    • Go to the Next Steps Center to complete any necessary steps for enrollment.
    • If you didn’t enroll at another university, your scholarship will automatically be reinstated
    • If you attended another university, your admission will be canceled and you will no longer be eligible for your scholarship. You will need to submit all official transcripts from any institutions attended and reapply for admission

    Global

    Deferment process for summer/fall 2021.

    Admitted first-year, transfer, returning, and non-degree seeking applicants for University of Arizona Global Direct Online may request to defer for any reason.

    Students can defer for up to two semesters. Students requesting to defer due to a faith-based mission or military service may delay their start up to four terms/semesters.

     


     

    When to Request a Deferment

    Admitted undergraduate students can request a defer up to one year from the start of their original admit term, no later than two weeks prior to the second seven-week session start date.

     


     

    Steps to Request a Deferment

    1. Withdraw From Classes

    Before you can submit the deferment request form, you will have to withdraw from your classes. It is your responsibility to withdraw from classes. You must withdraw from all classes before the end of the refund period based on the session or term you are enrolled in, or you will be responsible for all tuition charges. Log in to your UAccess Student Center to withdraw from classes.

    If you withdraw after the refund deadline, you do not need to submit a deferment request - you will remain active and able to register for the next term.

    If you are not enrolled in classes, complete step 2.

    2. Submit Your Deferment Request Form

    Log in to your Future Wildcat Account, click on your application, and go to the change of admission start term tab to fill out and submit the form.

    You will be responsible for any nonrefundable university charges you might have on your account. You can view your UAccess Student Center to see if you have any outstanding charges.

     


     

    Terms & Conditions

    Conditions of Deferment

    • The deferment is not to exceed four semesters, based on the qualifying reason outlined above.

    How to Return to the University of Arizona After Deferment

    Frequently Asked Questions

    No, if you were admitted for summer/fall 2021 and completed summer courses at the University of Arizona, you will remain active and eligible to enroll for spring 2022 or fall 2022. However, if you have a merit tuition scholarship you will need to request a deferment for your scholarship to see if you can retain your scholarship when you return. If you want to enroll after fall 2022, you will have to reapply for admission.

    Yes, if you were admitted to the SALT Center you will be able to defer your SALT admission for up to two semesters. Your SALT Center application and application fee will be deferred. If you paid the SALT Center enrollment fee, it will be refunded. You do not need to do anything else outside of submitting the Admissions deferment form to have your SALT Center Admission deferred to a future term.

    Yes, if you were admitted to the Honors College, your Honors admission will also be deferred for up to two semesters and you will not need to apply again.

    If the deferment deadline has passed for the term you were admitted, you must cancel your admission and submit a new application. Students will be re-evaluated for merit tuition scholarships  based on the criteria of the term for which you apply. Students who return to the university after summer 2021 will need to submit the 2021-2022 (or the applicable aid year) Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to receive a new financial aid offer. Please remember to use Arizona school code 001083 when completing the FAFSA.

    Please note that Domestic First-Year Merit Tuition Scholarship Awards are offered to students applying for fall terms and International First-Year Merit Tuition Scholarship Awards and Domestic and International Transfer Merit Awards are offered in both the fall and spring terms.

    Placement scores for Math and English are valid for one year unless you were placed via your SAT/ACT score or transfer credits, then you will need to take the placement exam again. Second Language scores never expire.

    Yes, you will have to go through an orientation session again for your future deferred term.

    Yes, if you go through orientation you can request to defer to spring 2022 or fall 2022.

    If you defer your enrollment to spring 2022, yes, your Pell Pledge Grant will be retained. Your fall 2021 financial aid, including Pell Pledge grant will be canceled and it will be re-offered for the spring 2022 semester.

    If you defer your enrollment to fall 2022, your Pell Pledge Grant will not be retained. To be re-considered for Pell Pledge Grant for the 2022-2023 academic year, you will need to meet all eligibility requirements. For more information, see the Pell Pledge Grant requirements or contact the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid. These details are typically finalized and shared by October 1 each year.

    If you defer your enrollment to spring 2022, yes, your Arizona Assurance selection will be retained. Your fall 2021 financial aid, including Arizona Assurance grant will be canceled and it will be re-offered for the spring 2022 semester.

    If you defer your enrollment to fall 2022, your Arizona Assurance selection will not be retained. To be re-considered for Arizona Assurance for the 2022-2023 academic year, you will need to meet all consideration requirements and go through the selection process again. The selection process is subject to change each year therefore you will be subject to all consideration rules including deadlines and eligibility requirements for 2022-2023.

    For more information, see the Arizona Assurance program information or contact the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid. These details are typically finalized and shared by October 1 each year.

    Yes. If you have been awarded the Dean’s Exemplary Award of $1,000, it will be deferred for up to two semesters from the original admit term. If the Dean’s Exemplary Award amount changes for the new term, you will not be eligible for the new award amount. If you enroll at another postsecondary institution during your deferment, you will no longer be eligible for the Dean’s Exemplary Award you were originally offered, your admission will be canceled and you will have to reapply for admission and be reevaluated for scholarship eligibility.

    Yes, if you were offered a merit tuition scholarship from the University of Arizona for fall 2021 semester and choose to defer your enrollment to spring 2022 or fall 2022 you will have your scholarship reinstated for the new term. If the merit awards change for the new term you will not be eligible for the new award amount. 

    However, if you enroll at another postsecondary institution during your deferment, you will no longer be eligible for the merit tuition scholarship you were originally offered. Your admission will be canceled and you will have to reapply for admission and be reevaluated for scholarship eligibility.

    All other financial aid offers including outside scholarships, or non-merit based University of Arizona tuition scholarships, grants, loans and other forms of aid offered for the fall 2020/spring 2021 academic year will not be guaranteed. Upon return to the university in a future semester, you will receive a new financial aid offer. If you return to the University after summer 2022 you will need to submit the 2022-2023 (or the applicable aid year) Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to receive a new financial aid offer. Please remember to use Arizona school code 001083 when completing the FAFSA.

    No, your admission will be canceled and you will have to reapply for admission and be reevaluated for scholarship eligibility.

    Yes, if you were offered a merit tuition scholarship (Arizona Tuition Award, Wildcat Tuition Award, National Scholar Tuition Award, or Global Wildcat Award) from the University of Arizona for the fall 2021 semester and choose to defer your enrollment to spring 2022 or summer/fall 2022, you will have your original scholarship award reinstated for the new term. If the merit awards change for the new term, you will not be eligible for the new award amount.

    However, if you enroll at another postsecondary institution during your deferment, you will no longer be eligible for the merit tuition scholarship you were originally offered. Your admission will be canceled and you will have to reapply for admission and be reevaluated for scholarship eligibility.

    All other financial aid offers including outside scholarships, or non-merit based University of Arizona tuition scholarships, grants, loans and other forms of aid offered for the fall 2021 semesters will not be guaranteed. Upon return to the university in a future semester, you will receive a new financial aid offer. If you return to the University after summer 2022 you will need to submit the 2022-2023 (or the applicable aid year) Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to receive a new financial aid offer. Please remember to use Arizona school code 001083 when completing the FAFSA.

    Yes, you can change your admission start term up to two times by going to your Future Wildcat Account and submitting a new change of admission start term form with an updated term.

    Yes, you will need to contact us in writing at admissions@arizona.edu to make this request as the deferment request form will not allow you to pick an earlier term. You will need to make this request before the deadline to defer to spring 2022 so that we can update your term before spring semester begins. If you are deferring your enrollment at one of our Near You Network locations, email nearyou@arizona.edu.

    Yes, you can change your deferment term up to two times by going to your Future Wildcat Account and submitting a new deferment form with an updated term.