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We understand that circumstances may prevent you from enrolling for the term specified on your offer of admission. In such cases, a deferral of admission may be granted to you. 

How Deferrals Work

Deferrals of one year may be granted to students who are attending Laurier for the first time. Please note that deferrals are not guaranteed. We will email you after the deferral deadline to inform you if your deferral request has been granted or denied.

If your request to defer is granted, you will receive an email from us the following year to request that you reconfirm your offer of admission by completing a readmission form.

Read through the following information, including the rules for deferring, and then complete the Deferral Checklist to submit your deferral request.

Deferral Request Deadlines

Deferral Deadlines

Term of Entry Listed on Your Offer of Admission

Deadline

Fall

Aug. 1

Winter

Dec. 15

Spring

April 15

Rules for Deferring

  • You must have an offer of admission to an undergraduate program.
  • This must be your first time attending Laurier.
  • You must satisfy all conditions listed on your offer of admission.
  • You must confirm your offer of admission before you can defer. 
  • You can defer for one academic year. 101 applicants can defer for one academic year to the fall term only. 105 applicants can defer for one academic year to fall, winter or spring terms.
  • If you enrol in academic courses at another postsecondary education institution during your deferment, your offer of admission will be voided. You will have to reapply to Laurier and disclose any new academic information.
  • You will be reassessed for an entrance scholarship.
  • If you return to high school during your deferment, you must submit an updated transcript and you will be reassessed for an updated scholarship.
  • Deferrals are not available to applicants admitted to the Faculty of Music except by special permission from the dean. Contact Kathy Gauci at kgauci@wlu.ca before you submit your deferral request.
  • Deferrals are not available to applicants with offers to the LEAF program; however, you can postpone your entry term of LEAF.

Deferring Entrance Scholarships and Bursaries

Entrance Scholarships

You will be reassessed for an entrance scholarship. You receive half the value of your entrance scholarship in your first term and half in your second term. You must be registered in full-time courses (4.0 credits) each term to receive your full entrance scholarship amount.

Entrance Bursaries

Entrance bursaries cannot be deferred; however, you will have the opportunity to apply for an entrance bursary again in the year you plan to enrol at Laurier. You will have to provide updated financial information.

If you do not receive an entrance bursary, you can apply for the Laurier tuition bursary

Deferrals and Living in Residence

If you wish to live in residence beginning in a fall term, apply for residence and submit the non-refundable deposit by the June deadline of the academic year you will begin studying. For all other terms, contact housing@wlu.ca to inquire about space availability.

Deferral Checklist

  1. Confirm your offer of admission. Please see your official offer letter in LORIS for further details.
  2. Make sure you have read through and understand the rules for deferring.
  3. Submit the Offer of Admission Deferral Request Form.
  4. If you registered for courses for a term from which you are deferring, you must drop them in LORIS.

You will receive an email from us the following year to request that you reconfirm your offer of admission by completing a readmission form. 

Re-Admission Checklist for Students Who Deferred

  1. You must reconfirm your intent to enrol by submitting the Readmission Form for Deferred Students, which was emailed to you.
  2. If you wish to live in residence beginning in a fall term, apply for residence and submit the non-refundable deposit by the June deadline of the academic year you will begin studying. For all other terms, contact housing@wlu.ca to inquire about space availability.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Happens if I Enrol in Postsecondary Studies During my Period of Deferment?

If you enrol in academic courses at another postsecondary education institution during your period of deferment, your offer of admission will be voided. You will have to reapply to Laurier and disclose your new academic information to the Recruitment and Admissions office.

Can I Attend High School During my Period of Deferment?

You can enrol in secondary school if you would like to. You will be required to submit an updated transcript to the Recruitment and Admissions office. You will be reassessed for an updated scholarship.

Can I Upgrade my Courses During my Period of Deferment to Gain Admission to a Different Program?

If you are approved for a deferral, your deferral is only valid for the program you accepted your offer to on OUAC. If you would like to be considered for a new program, you must submit a new application through the OUAC.

Should I Register for Courses in Case my Deferral Request is not Granted?

Yes, you should register in courses because deferrals are not guaranteed. Deferral requests are not reviewed until after the deferral application deadline. If your deferral is accepted, then you should drop any courses you have registered in.

Contact Us:

Recruitment and Admissions

E: chooselaurier@wlu.ca
T: 519.884.0710 x3385
F: 519.884.0618

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