Deferrals are intended to be granted for intentional occasions in which the student chooses not to begin his or her studies at American University in the term for which he or she was admitted.
Examples of intentional deferrals may include, but are not limited to: a religious activity, community service project, teaching English, political campaigning, or world travel. Deferrals are not granted for financial reasons. Deferral requests are evaluated on their merits, and are not automatically approved simply because they were submitted on time.
Deadline and Instructions
Admissions will only consider deferral requests if they are submitted on or before one week prior to the start of either the fall or spring semester (depending on the semester to which the student applied). A student who is interested in deferring must contact the deferral liaison in Undergraduate Admissions, Emily Stuhan, who will provide the official deferral request form.
Please note that the deferral request form must be submitted by the deadlines referenced above. In addition, a deferral request will not be considered unless the student has submitted the enrollment agreement and deposit. We will review all requests received by the deadline as soon as possible.
Submission of a deferral request by the deadline is not a guarantee of approval. If a deferral request is denied, a student has the option to either withdraw and reapply for a future semester, or commence studies in the semester to which he or she has been admitted.
If a deferral is approved:
Financial aid: If you are interested in need-based financial aid, you will need to reapply for aid for the new term by completing the FAFSA and CSS PROFILE. Please contact the Office of Financial Aid at 202-885-6500 for more information.
Course work: You may continue to take courses at your current institution before starting at AU. You must maintain a 3.0 GPA and have an official transcript sent to us for any course work taken during the deferral period. Your class standing at AU will depend on how many credits you are transferring.