Deferred enrollment, commonly referred to as a “gap year,” is designed for first-year students who desire to attend the Georgia Institute of Technology but, for various reasons, wish to postpone their enrollment. First-year applicants who have been offered admission to Georgia Tech may request to defer their enrollment.
Students who are approved to defer their enrollment and who satisfy the requirements listed below do not have to file a new application and are guaranteed a spot in the following year's first-year class. Deferred students pay a tuition deposit for the original term of entry, which will be credited to the new term of entry.
Requirements for the Deferred Enrollment Program:
- Only first-year students who have paid their admission deposit by May 1 of their original entry year are eligible to request an enrollment deferral.
- Students who wish to defer their enrollment must contact their admission counselor and request to have their enrollment deferred by July 1. To receive a $520 refund from our Department of Housing, go to www.housing.gatech.edu, cancel your contract and submit this form by June 15.
- Students may only defer their enrollment to the following summer or fall term. However, two year deferments are permissible, if they are mandated by government, military or religious service.
- Students may not defer their enrollment to attend other colleges and universities during their time away from Georgia Tech. Students who are found to have attended another colleges and universities during their deferral year will have their freshman admission revoked and must reapply as a transfer student.
- Students who are granted approval to defer their enrollment should understand that their approval is contingent upon successful completion of all high school courses. As the acceptance letter states, students who are admitted to Georgia Tech are expected to maintain the same level of academic excellence as was demonstrated at the time of acceptance. Failure to do so may result in revocation of the offer of admission. A final high school transcript indicating date of graduation must be forwarded to the Georgia Tech Office of Undergraduate Admission immediately upon graduation.
Communication with the Office of Undergraduate Admission
Students for whom enrollment deferral is approved will maintain access to Buzzport. It is your responsibility to check this account and the email address provided on your application frequently to stay informed about information pertinent to your future enrollment at Georgia Tech. A new acceptance letter will not be issued, and a new admission deposit is not required.
Financial Aid & Scholarships
All Georgia Tech students must reapply for financial aid each year; therefore, your current financial aid package will not be deferred to a future enrollment term. Our ability to award financial aid varies from year to year, so there is no guarantee that your future offer will match the current one.
The deferral of academic/departmental scholarships is at the discretion of the awarding department. Any student granted an enrollment deferral should contact the appropriate department to determine whether or not their scholarship can be deferred.
In order to have your housing pre-payment ($520) refunded, you will need to:
- Cancel your housing contract online by June 15;
- Have your deferred enrollment form submitted and approved by June 15. (The $80 application fee is non-refundable.)
- If your deferral of enrollment is granted, you will need to again pay your housing deposit and re-apply for housing next semester/year by the required deadlines.