We strongly encourage applicants to apply for entry in the year and term in which they intend to enroll.

Deferral Requests for Admitted Students

If you are considering requesting a deferral, please keep the following in mind:

  • Deferrals only apply to admitted incoming students. If you are still working on your application and are facing challenges that might impact your ability to submit by the deadline, you might be able to make a hardship request (see below).
  • To defer admission, you will still need to formally accept your offer of admission in the Admission Reply Form and submit a non-refundable deposit of $2000 to secure your seat for a future class.
  • Scholarships and named fellowships are not guaranteed to remain the same and will be reevaluated upon reconfirmation of admission the following year. 
  • Deferrals are considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Typically, deferrals are granted for unforeseen financial, health, or personal circumstances that would make enrollment a hardship.

Hardship Requests

Hardship requests are open to applicants for whom a recent natural disaster or other major, widespread disruption has affected their ability to complete an application may submit a Hardship Request as described below.

Learn more about UChicago's hardship request policy.