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Deferring Your Enrollment

If you’ve been offered admission as a first-year student to NYU, you may request to defer your enrollment for one full year. If your request is approved, you do not have to file a new application and are guaranteed readmission for the following year.

Students admitted from the waitlist, as transfers, or as first-year students admitted to the Department of Dance in the Tisch School of the Arts, cannot defer their enrollment. If you cannot enroll for the upcoming semester, you will need to re-apply for admission. First-year Dance students will also need to re-audition.

Important things to be aware of:

  • If an enrollment deposit is required for the campus to which you have been admitted you will still be expected to make this deposit. This payment is non-refundable and will be credited toward your first term at NYU.
  • You will be asked to re-confirm your enrollment by January 3rd of the next year and an additional $500 enrollment deposit will be required if the campus to which you were admitted required an initial non-refundable enrollment deposit. This payment will also be credited toward your first term at NYU. Your NYU email address will be re-activated the day after you re-confirm your enrollment and pay any applicable additional enrollment deposits.
  • We consider students who are deferring their enrollment to be much like Early Decision students who have committed to attend NYU. As a result, you will be held to the same expectations and deadlines as our other Early Decision students, which includes not filing new applications to other colleges and universities.

In essence, if you are approved to defer your enrollment, you are committed to enrolling at NYU but are simply making that commitment a year in advance.

Requirements for Deferment

  • Complete the NYU Deferred Enrollment Request Form, accessible through the NYU Admitted Student Portal, by the deadline specified for the campus to which you were admitted.
    • New York: July 1
    • Abu Dhabi: May 31
    • Shanghai: July 1
  • You may not defer your enrollment to attend another college or university.
  • You may not defer your enrollment to apply to other colleges and universities during your time away from NYU. If you do your NYU admission will be revoked.
  • Forward your final high school transcript indicating date of graduation to the NYU Office of Undergraduate Admissions immediately upon graduation. It is your responsibility to ensure that an official, final high school transcript is received by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Other Things to Consider if Approved for Deferred Enrollment

Communication with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions

You must confirm your intention to enroll for the subsequent fall or spring (depending on the term for which you were offered admission) by submitting a second enrollment deposit when requested to do so. Also know that we will not allow you to enroll at NYU if we do not receive a final high school transcript from you showing proof that you have graduated.

Financial Aid

All students who have been approved for deferred enrollment should understand the following regarding their financial aid.

Students approved to defer their enrollment for one year and who received a financial aid package with their original offer of admission can expect that the NYU portion of their package (i.e. NYU scholarships and grants) will also be deferred and received in full as originally offered as long as the following criteria are met:

  • U.S. Citizens and U.S. Permanent Residents Admitted to our New York campus or NYU Shanghai: It is not necessary to re-submit the CSS Profile, as scholarship eligibility will not be reevaluated. However, you must fill out the new Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the upcoming academic year by February 20 (11:59pm EST) in order to secure any scholarship you were initially offered and to be reviewed for your current federal financial aid eligibility. 
  • Non U.S. Citizens/Non U.S. Permanent Residents Admitted to our New York campus or NYU Shanghai: You will need to submit a CSS Profile for the upcoming academic year by February 20 (11:59pm EST) to secure any scholarship you were initially offered.
  • Chinese Nationals Admitted to NYU Shanghai: It is not necessary to file the CSS Profile. For questions about your aid eligibility please contact the NYU Shanghai Office of Admissions at 212-998-4500 (+86-21-2059-5599 Shanghai Office, China Standard Time) or by email at shanghai.admissions@nyu.edu.
  • UAE Nationals Admitted to NYU Abu Dhabi: It is not necessary to file the CSS Profile. You will automatically be awarded the same level of financial support as initially offered.
  • Non UAE Nationals Admitted to NYU Abu Dhabi: You will need to submit a CSS Profile for the upcoming academic year by February 20 (11:59pm EST) to receive the same level of financial support you were initially offered.

Students who defer their enrollment for one year will not be re-evaluated for new NYU scholarships and grants, so if a student missed the original deadline for the CSS Profile during the year they were originally offered admission and were not offered any scholarship as a result, they will still be ineligible for NYU scholarships and grants.

All U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents admitted to NYU New York or NYU Shanghai will be reviewed for federal financial aid with the successful submission of a valid FAFSA.

Housing

If you are approved to defer your enrollment, you will be eligible for a space in one of our NYU residence halls for your new term of entry.