Deferment Process

A deferral is for students who have not started classes at USU, and need to delay their admission to a future semester. Students who have only completed concurrent enrollment classes will use a deferral to delay their admission.

Do you need to submit a notification of leave instead?
If you are a current USU student and need to take a leave of absence from the university, you will need to submit a notification of leave instead of deferment.

Follow the process for notification of leave


Sign into your USU Application Account

Sign into the account you used to apply to USU at

  • If you can't remember your password click the Forgot Password link.
  • If you forgot what email you used, our service desk can help you out!
  • Please note: A deferral is for students who have not started classes at USU, and need to delay their admission to a future semester. Students who have only completed concurrent enrollment classes will use a deferral to delay their admission. 

Fill out the Deferment Form

After logging in, click continue under the actions column next to the application you wish to defer. When the next page loads, if it is not already selected click application, then click request deferral.


Check Your Email

Deferment requests take from 7 - 10 business days to process, depending on the time of year. You may need to provide documentation for the reason you are leaving. The admissions office will ask for this through email, so make sure to check your email for updates.


Check Scholarships

If you have a remaining scholarship from the USU Office of Admissions, it will automatically activate on your return semester. If you received any other scholarships, contact the USU regional campus, department, or other awarding entity to defer them until your return. Please visit for more information. 


Financial Aid

Complete your FAFSA for the semester of your return to USU (as early as October 1 before the academic year you plan to attend). The FAFSA must be resubmitted each year that you want aid. Please visit 


Become a Delegate

If needed, set up a delegate that has access to your preferred email. Your delegate will be able to access your account information and conduct business on your behalf. You can add delegates on Sign-in and then click "Delegates" on the left menu.


Drop Courses

You will need to drop your courses if you have registered for your courses when you complete your deferment. If you have already paid your tuition, you will need to contact USU Registrar to recieve a refund according to the deadlines in the catalog. 


Complete the Deferment Checklist

The deferment checklist has lots of helpful information. Make sure to complete the steps found there as well.

How/can I extend my deferral?

Submit a new deferral request and follow the deferral instructions if you have questions. These requests will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. In the free text reasoning box within the deferral request process, please state why you are wanting to extend your deferment.

How/can I shorten by deferral?

Email stating that you are wanting to shorten your deferment. Please include your A-number and which semester you would like to come back.

Note: Students who are admitted to the USU Prep Academy are not allowed to defer to a summer semester and must begin during a fall or spring semester.

Do I need to complete Orientation if I defer?

Because you are not planning on attending before you defer, you do not need to complete orientation. Once you retern from deferment, you will need to complete orientation before your first semester. A delegate can complete module 1 and 2 for you if needed.

What if I am a Graduate student?

Graduate students file a notification of leave via a different process, and follow different policies than undergraduate students. For more information go to

What if I am an International Student?

International students must contact the office of Global Engagement located in Military Science 115, by phone at 435-797-1124 or by email at

What if I am in the U.S. Armed Forces?

USU is committed to providing the highest quality of service to service members who were unable to attend school due to military service. USU adheres to the provisions for U.S. Armed Forces members provided in Chapter 3 of Volume 2 of the Federal Student Aid Handbook. Please feel free to reach out to our Veterans Resource Office for any additional questions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Find more answers to commonly asked questions on the Frequently Asked Questions page.

We'd love to talk: If you have any questions about Deferment, please feel free to contact us at or 1-800-488-8108.


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