Defer Your Enrollment

Each year, some admitted students want to defer their enrollment to UNCW for personal or family medical issues, to travel abroad, complete military service, an internship, or perhaps work to contribute to the cost of attending college. Whatever the reason might be, the process to request an academic deferral is as follows:

  1. If you are submitting this request, understand that all deposits already paid including the $100 enrollment deposit, the $105 housing deposit, and any orientation fees are not refundable. 
  2. Submit this online form requesting permission to defer enrollment for either one full year (Fall to Fall, or Spring to Spring) or one full semester (Fall to Spring), clearly stating the reason(s) for the request. The deadline to submit your deferral request is July 1. Please note that First Year Spring Admit students can only request a one year deferral to begin the following Spring semester; they may not defer to Fall.
  3. Wait for a response from the Admissions Office before committing to other plans, as requests to defer admission are not automatically approved.
  4. For academic year deferrals ONLY: Students must submit three items by April 1st of their intended enrollment year in order to uphold their deferred status and remain eligible for enrollment:
  5. Understand that any financial aid and scholarship awards do not carry over to the following year. Students must reapply for financial aid.
  6. For academic year deferrals ONLY: Students deferring for a full academic year (Fall to Fall or Spring to Spring) are not permitted to enroll in any other degree seeking course of study at another institution during this time. Students who take more than 12 collegiate credit hours after graduation, regardless of whether or not they are transferable credits, will lose their deferred status as well as their status as a freshman student, and must then reapply to UNCW as a transfer student under a different set of credentials. UNCW will ONLY give credit for up to 12 hours earned post high school graduation.
  7. After receiving the three items in Step 4, the Office of Admissions will send you an updated notification letter via U.S Mail. Please follow the instructions and deadlines within your UNCW Applicant Portal to enroll.

*Please note that once you have requested to defer your enrollment, you are not able to cancel this request or move back to your previously admitted term.