Writing a deferral letter correctly is key to postponing admission to a college. However, it does not guarantee that your spot in the college will be held for the time period you request. The letter needs to follow the university's protocols and contain important details such as the reasons for the deferral and your student ID number, if one has been assigned.

  1. Check the university website

    Make sure you know how the admissions office wants you to communicate the request for deferral; this will usually be by email or letter. Knowing these details is imperative. You also must find out on what grounds the university allows deferrals, so as to not jeopardize your chances of extended acceptance. Some universities may not deem financial concerns to be reason enough to defer admission. Most universities also do not allow students to defer admissions if they are taking classes or are enrolled in another academic institution.

  2. Write the letter

    The letter should be crafted formally, stating your name and address, the recipient's name and address, and your subject of study. Include your student ID number, the course you are enrolled in, the reason for the deferral and the time period requested for the deferral. State clearly that you are looking forward to joining the university on your chosen future start date, and ask about what further steps need to be taken to retain your spot at the college for a later date.

  3. Follow up on the letter

    If your deferral is accepted, you need to follow up with the admission's office on the procedure to reinstate admission and submit financial aid applications.