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September 1, 2015

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Deferral of an Offer of Admission

Wilfrid Laurier University recognizes that after being newly admitted, some students will encounter unique personal circumstances that represent legitimate reasons for requesting a deferral of admission. The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies grants deferrals at its discretion, only in highly exceptional cases and on a restricted basis. The studentís intended program must support the deferral request, and the student must have met all admission requirements to be eligible for consideration.

The university reserves the right to change the value and/or the composition of the funding package, or to rescind the package. Scholarships that require an application are not eligible for deferral and will require submission of a new application by the appropriate deadline. All conditions must be satisfied before a deferral will be granted.

Approval of deferral requests (where the program permits) may be granted for a minimum of one term and up to a maximum of one year. Students may only defer an Offer of Admission once. If a student completes further studies at an accredited academic institution during the deferred period, they must supply the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies with updated transcripts.

If a student cannot attend in the term specified in the deferral, s/he must submit a new application for admission.

The student may request a deferral only after admission has been offered.

In such cases, the student must:

  1. Accept the offer of admission by the deadline stated.
  2. Submit the Request for Deferral form normally at least one month before the first term of registration in the program. Include a statement outlining the need for a deferral. Keep a completed copy of the form.
  3. De-enrol from all courses before the deadline to drop courses without financial penalty.

Once the deferral request form is reviewed, the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies will send an official decision by mail. A decision to refuse a request for a deferral may not be appealed.†

Related Information Title Type
2009 Request for Deferral of Offer of Admission to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Document