Deferring your Undergraduate Enrollment
You may defer your undergraduate enrollment for up to two semesters.
If you've been admitted to spring 2023, you may defer your enrollment to fall 2023 or spring 2024.
If you've been admitted to fall 2023, you may defer your enrollment to spring 2024 or fall 2024.
If you defer for one term and later want to extend your deferral, you can defer for one more fall or spring term. Once you've deferred your enrollment for two terms (i.e. a full year), you cannot extend your deferral. If you'd like to start at USF beyond that, you will need to reapply to USF for that term.
Undergraduate students in all majors except nursing are eligible to request deferrals. First-Year engineering students must defer to fall 2024.
The deadline to request a deferral for your spring 2023 admission is January 22, 2023. The deadline to request a deferral for your fall 2023 admission is August 1, 2023.
Scholarships and Financial Aid
Your USF merit scholarship, if you received one, will carry over to the term you start at USF. This is the scholarship that would have been printed in your original admission letter. If you were offered the Black Scholars Program scholarship or the Getty Scholarship, these will not carry over.
Deferring from fall 2023 to spring 2024:
You do not need to submit a new FAFSA for the spring 2024 semester.
Deferring from fall 2023 to fall 2024:
You will need to submit a new FAFSA or California Dream Act application for the 2024–2025 academic year. The FAFSA opens every year on October 1, and you’d use tax information from 2022 to fill it out.
Taking Classes Before Enrolling
If your deferral is granted, you will be able to transfer up to two classes per semester before attending USF.
We would encourage you to choose from Core C, D, E, or F of our Core Curriculum classes and find equivalent classes at a local university or community college. Please note that this does not guarantee that your total time enrolled at USF will be shorter; you should still plan to be at USF for eight semesters.
If your deferral is granted, you will still be guaranteed on-campus housing when you enroll at USF.
If you're deferring to a spring term, you will apply for housing in November:
- First-year students are guaranteed three semesters of on-campus housing.
- Transfer students are guaranteed one semester of on-campus housing.
If you're deferring to a fall term, you will apply for housing in February:
- First-year students are guaranteed four semesters of on-campus housing.
- Transfer students are guaranteed two semesters of on-campus housing.
How to Request a Deferral
First, submit your Enrollment Decision form and Enrollment Deposit on your Dons Status Page. Deferrals cannot be granted until these items are complete.
Then, submit the deferral request form below. You can expect a response within two business days.
To defer your spring 2023 admission to a future term, fill out the deferral request form. For fall 2023 deferrals, the form will be available on this page beginning April 1st.
If your deferral is granted, you will be required to submit an additional $750 deposit on November 1 (for spring deferrals) or February 1 (for fall deferrals). All deposit amounts will apply toward your first semester's tuition.
Office of Undergraduate Admission
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San Francisco, CA 94118
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Fax (415) 422-2217