Who May Request a Deferral from 2021 to 2022?

Deferrals of admission may ONLY be granted to first-year students for a full academic year, from one fall semester to the very next fall semester. Transfer students cannot defer admission. The one exception is for first-year or transfer students deferring to complete obligations for the U.S. military, such as basic training or a deployment. Students requesting a U.S. military deferral may request consideration for future entry in either the spring or fall semester provided their school offers new student entry for the desired term.

How to Request a Deferral

Please contact us in writing to request a deferral after indicating your intended school of enrollment and submitting your $150 enrollment fee online by May 1, 2021. Due to COVID-19, postal mail is being processed intermittently, and online payment is preferred. A deferral is official only when you are notified via your status screen that the Office of Undergraduate Admissions has granted your request. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions will notify students via email if the request for deferral is denied; in those cases the $150 fee will be refunded provided the enrollment fee was specific to a deferral request. 


Additional Instructions

  • No additional high school or college courses may be taken during the deferral year. Enrollment in any college credit-bearing courses, even if you do not complete them, or enrollment in a post-graduate high school year will nullify the deferral.
  • Students who have been granted a deferral for 2021 do not need to submit a 2022 application or pay a new application fee. The information provided on the 2021 application will carry over to 2022. Students will use the same log in credentials to access their 2022 application as they did for 2021. A student can update the email address affiliated with their application via the Manage Account section of the Rutgers status screen.
  • First-year applicants requesting a deferral must submit a final official high school transcript certifying graduation and showing all courses and grades from grades 9 through 12 by July 1, 2021. Deferral is conditioned on successful completion of recent courses with no decline in grades. Any final grades below a C can result in the deferral being rescinded.
  • Transfer applicants requesting a deferral due to U.S. military service must submit final official college transcripts by June 1, 2021. Deferral is conditioned on successful completion of all current college courses with no decline in grades. Any grades below a C in the most recent semester can result in the deferral being rescinded.
  • If the deferral is granted, and you adhere to the terms above, you will receive notification of admission for your new semester of entry by February 28, 2022 (first-year applicants) and April 15, 2022 (transfer applicants). You will need to accept the admission offer by May 1, 2022 to confirm enrollment. Any enrollment acceptance fee you paid for 2021 will be applied to 2022.
  • Please be sure that all your email and other contact information is accurate on your status screen to receive updated information.


Scholarships and Honors College/Programs

With the exception of Mason Gross School of the Arts, first-year students receiving a merit scholarship that are approved for deferral may defer their enrollment for one academic year and will be offered the same merit scholarship for the year of enrollment. Students must follow all deferral guidelines above in order to maintain admissions and scholarship.

Students admitted into the Honors College or an honors program may defer their enrollment for a full year and maintain their honors placement for the year of enrollment.

Mason Gross School of the Arts

Mason Gross School of the Arts students who defer their admission must re-audition or re-submit a portfolio for their year of intended enrollment and scholarship awards will be based on their competitiveness in the entering class for that year.

EOF Awards

Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) awards are specific to each academic year and cannot be deferred.