Deferment and taking up a deferred offer FAQ
Deferment means that you've received an offer to enrol in a course but have been given permission by the institution to delay the start of the course for a fixed period, which is usually six months or one year. This means that if you receive an offer to study in 2013 and defer for one year, you'll start your studies in 2014. All deferments are granted subject to the course being offered the following semester or following year.
It depends on the institution.
When you receive an offer to enrol in a course, information included with your offer will explain how to apply for deferment. Most institutions will ask you to provide a statement to explain why you want to defer and what you'll be doing during this period.
If your deferment application is successful, you'll receive written confirmation of your deferment from your institution with instructions on how to re-apply for your deferred course.
It depends on the institution. For most institutions you need to re-apply directly to them – carefully read the instructions you received from your institution when you deferred.
Courses may change from year to year – use the course search to find the current UAC course codes and information about the courses the institutions are offering.
Yes. If you deferred but would like to be considered for other courses, then put these courses ahead of your deferred course in your list of preferences.
If you receive an offer to a course that you put ahead of your deferred course, then your deferred offer is no longer valid.
Yes. There are two circumstances when your deferred offer can lapse:
- When you re-apply, if you receive an offer to a course you've placed ahead of your deferred course, your deferred offer will lapse. You can't receive an offer to a new course and still keep your deferred offer.
- If you undertake degree studies or certain levels of TAFE study other than NSW HSC courses during your deferment year, your offer may lapse. Check with each institution for specific policies.