Deferral Request

If you have been offered admission as a first-year or transfer student, you may request to defer your enrollment for up to one year.

Deferral Policies

  • Students planning to enroll at another institution are not eligible for deferral. Deferred students who matriculate elsewhere will lose deferred admission status to the George Washington University and will forfeit the enrollment deposit. Credit earned at other institutions during the deferral period is not eligible for transfer credit.

  • Deferred admission may be granted to admitted first-year or transfer students who have submitted the required non-refundable $800 enrollment deposit and Declaration of Intent.

  • Deferred admission may be requested for one or two semesters. The only exception is for students required to complete national military service.

  • Financial aid offers cannot be deferred. Students awarded need-based financial assistance must reapply for financial aid.

  • Deferred students may maintain their merit scholarship awards.

  • Deferred students may maintain admission to special programs, such as the University Honors Program, to which they were initially admitted.

  • Deferred students will be charged tuition and fee rates effective at the time of enrollment in their first semester of classes.


August 1: Deadline to submit Request for Deferred Admission from fall semester.

January 1: Deadline to submit Request for Deferred Admission from spring semester.

Deferred students who received need-based financial assistance must complete and submit new FAFSA and CSS Profile forms by the applicable deadlines unless they are deferring for one semester in the same academic year.