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Deferral Requests and Frequently Asked Questions

Each year, the Office of Admissions works with a small number of students to grant deferrals due to military involvement, medical conditions, or other extenuating circumstances. Due to COVID-19 and the uncertainty of the upcoming fall semester, some students in the Class of 2025 may consider deferring their offer of admission. The College of New Jersey is committed to working with students who believe that deferring is the best option for them at this time. For more information, please read the FAQ below.

Request a deferral »

These requests will be submitted to the director of admissions for review. Students will receive a response via email in 1-2 weeks.  If you have any questions, please contact the Admissions Office at

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ: How long can I defer for? 

Students can request to defer for either one semester or one year. If deferring for one year, a new acceptance packet will be sent the following spring.

FAQ: Can I take classes while deferred? 

During the 2021 – 2022 deferment cycle, students will be allowed to take up to 2 courses per semester at another institution while deferred. However, students cannot be enrolled in a degree program at another institution (in other words, students must be visiting or non-matriculated).

FAQ: Will I retain my scholarships / Financial Aid? 

Students will retain both their scholarship/ financial aid offers if they defer for one semester, but will be reevaluated for both if deferring for one year.  Students will also need to complete the FAFSA again.

FAQ: Do I still need to submit my enrollment deposit? 

Students must still submit their enrollment deposit to secure their seat in the class.

FAQ: Would I still participate in Orientation? 

Orientation sessions are offered in both the summer and the winter. Students will participate in Orientation the semester prior to matriculating.

FAQ: When is the latest that I can request a deferral? 

The course registration add/drop deadline has not yet been announced for the 2021-2022 school year, but it is typically early-mid September.

If you decide to request a deferral, you can complete this linked form to do so. These requests will be submitted to our Director of Admissions for review. Students typically receive a response via email in 1-2 weeks.