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Deferring Enrollment for First-Year Students

If you have been offered admission for fall of 2020 as a first-year student to Drexel, you may request to defer your enrollment for one full year (starting in September of 2021) or until the winter term (starting in January of 2021). If your request is approved and you meet the requirements listed below, you do not have to file a new admissions application.

Reasons for Requesting an Enrollment Deferral

Admitted students may request a deferral based on one of the following circumstances:

  • Military or public service
  • Extraordinary full-time travel, volunteer service, or work opportunity
  • Illness (whether self or immediate family member) validated by a doctor's written confirmation
  • Cultural enrichment opportunity
  • Extenuating circumstances related to external forces beyond one's control

Please note that requests based on the following circumstances will be denied:

  • Financial hardship
  • Enrolling or completing coursework at another higher educational intuition

How to Request a Deferral

The deadline to submit a deferral request is September 1.

In order to request a deferral, a student must:

  • Confirm enrollment by May 1 via Discover Drexel — this includes submitting the non-refundable $300 tuition deposit (you do NOT submit the $200 Housing deposit at this point).
  • Once your confirmation is processed, select the button below to log in and submit a request to defer your enrollment.

Your request will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee and a decision will be sent to you via email. If you are approved for a deferral, Drexel will contact you throughout your gap year to provide you with updates on happenings at the University as well as reminders on next steps.

Submit A Deferral Request

Financial Aid

Students who request a deferral will remain eligible for any original institutional scholarships or grant funding offered to them in their financial aid package for one year. However, domestic students will need to complete a new Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be re-evaluated for federal and state financial aid.

Calendar for Deferred Students

May 1 Deadline to confirm enrollment and submit tuition deposit — only confirmed students can submit a request to defer.
September 1 Deadline to submit request for a deferral.
October 1 Submit a new Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the upcoming year (domestic students only).
November Send Drexel an email with information about how your gap year has been so far.
Mid-December Drexel will reinstate your financial aid package.
January 15 Re-confirm your enrollment via Discover Drexel. (You do not need to submit the $300 tuition deposit again; if you will be living in University housing, you will be required to submit the $200 housing deposit.)
January – March Attend one of the Admitted Student events on campus to re-orient yourself with Drexel.
April – September You will receive information about preparing to start at Drexel on such topics as housing, dining, placement exams, health insurance and immunizations, financial aid, billing, and more.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I defer for more or less than one year?

When you decide to defer and submit the proper documentation, the committee meets to discuss each situation on a case-by-case basis. If the deferral is approved, the deferral is valid for one year only, with the exception of winter 2021 which will be less than one year. If you wish to extend your gap period beyond what is initially approved, you will need to contact Admissions to discuss the request; depending upon on your start date, a second deferral may require you submit a new CSS Profile

Will I be re-evaluated for financial aid if I defer?

If you are approved for a deferral/gap year, then your institutional financial aid will not change from the package originally offered — this includes Drexel need-based grants, merit scholarships, affiliated scholarships, and any other Drexel funding. You will not be re-evaluated for more Drexel funding. If you did not fill out the CSS Profile in the original application, you will not be able to submit one when you enroll the following fall.

Eligibility for federal and state financial aid may change as a new Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required each year students attend Drexel. You are encouraged to complete a new FAFSA as soon as possible once it becomes available on October 1.

What happens if I take college courses while on my gap year?

Drexel University understands that students may want to take classes in order to keep up with their academic skills. Therefore, Drexel will allow you to take up to two college classes per semester at maximum. These credits will be considered non-matriculated classes and you will still come in as a first-year student and not a transfer student. We suggest taking general courses such as English and math. It is under the discretion of the academic advisor to accept these courses.

Will Drexel send me any information during my gap year?

Yes, Drexel University will remain in contact with you during your gap year. We also encourage you to reach out to us and give us insight on how your gap year is going, what experiences and opportunities you are participating in, and your intentions on re-confirming for the following fall quarter. We will also be in contact with your parents/guardians during this time. We ask that you re-confirm your enrollment via Discover Drexel by January 15.

Can I change my major or co-op option during my gap year?

You are still eligible to change your major or co-op option. Your application and materials will be re-evaluated for the new program/major you are requesting. We will still offer you admission into the major you were accepted to study in if your request isn't granted. We can change your co-op option at any time per request. Changes to your major will not affect the financial aid package you were originally awarded.

When do I take my placement exams?

You will be notified via email to log in to Drexel One during the summer before you enroll in the fall to take your placement exams. If you have previously taken your placement exams and then defer afterwards, you will have to take new placement exams to better reflect where you stand academically after a year without schooling.

Am I still eligible to join the Honors Program after a gap year since I was granted admission during my initial offer?

Yes, your offer still stands with the Honors Program for the following year.

How will I secure housing after my gap year?

After taking a gap year, you will receive email communications to complete the housing application during the spring prior to your fall start. This application will be available through DrexelOne after you have paid your $200 non-refundable housing deposit. There are nine residential buildings to choose from with a two-year residency requirement for both first-year and second-year students unless they live within an approved commutable distance.

I was admitted provisionally to Drexel University upon completing the Dragon Scholars Program. Must I still take this summer program before enrolling after my deferment?

Yes, part of your admission decision was based on successfully completing the Dragon Scholars Program the summer prior to attending Drexel University.