Making the decision to defer your course is an important one. To ensure that you are fully informed about your decision, all students are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the information here, in the deferral policy or to contact a member of the Retention & Student Engagement office before formalising their decision. Appointments can be made by by e-mailing [email protected]
There are many reasons why students may need or wish to take time away from the Institute. There may be personal or medical issues interfering with their studies; opportunities for professional experience; family commitments; or the desire to just take a break.
The Team are available to talk with you about your situation, and to guide you through the process of taking time away/deferring your place, and returning. Before leaving the Institute, you should have a clear understanding of what is required before returning and of the financial implications (fee and grant implications) there may be from deferring your place. Fees and Grants staff can be contacted by telephone or e-mail at all times.
E-mail: [email protected]
E-mail: [email protected]
If you are in receipt of a grant and you decide to defer you must notify SUSI of your decision.
We advise that you keep a copy of all correspondence including supporting documentation for your records.
A student has not withdrawn or deferred their place on a programme in WIT until all related processes as outlined below have been completed. It is important to note that discussion with a member of academic staff is not sufficient to defer your place in WIT.
Applying for a Deferral
For a variety of students, applicants may not be in a position to take up their CAO Offer of a place. An applicant who is offered a place in WIT may be granted a deferral prior to registering as a student for the academic year due to unforeseen and exceptional medical, financial, or family reasons. You may apply to defer your place by completing the online application form available below:
There are a number of important conditions in relation to deferring your CAO Offer that should be considered. Deferrals are granted on the basis that:
1.That the course will be available in the Institute in the year that you propose to take up the place.
2.That an applicant will not accept another deferral or attend another College of Higher Education on a full-time basis during the period of deferral.
3. That the applicant will reapply to the CAO by 1st February, 2022 for the deferred place in the year to which entry has been deferred. The re-application must be made in the normal way via the CAO by the standard timetable, except that the only course which may be re-applied for is the course deferred by Waterford Institute of Technology. If you apply for any other programmes your deferred place will be forfeited.
4. If you want to take up your deferred place, enter the deferred course as your only preference on the CAO application form. You should only add other courses on your CAO application, if you no longer wish to take up your deferred place.
Please see the Admissions Policies page for further details on our Deferral Policy.
If an applicant fails to meet one or more of the conditions 2 and 3 (inclusive) the offer of deferral will be withdrawn.
Pre-Registration Deferral - form to be used up to October 31st 2021
Deferring your place prior to registering as a student for the academic year.
An applicant who is offered a place in WIT may be granted a deferral prior to registering as a student for the academic year due to unforeseen and exceptional medical, financial, or family reasons. Please use the form above for CAO Deferral applicants. If you are Advanced Entry Applicant please use the form which will be published at the link below.
A student who is eligible to continue with their studies in the Institute (years 2, 3 or 4) may also defer prior to taking up their place in their continuing year.
This process is now closed for the 2020/2021 academic year. If you wish to apply to defer the 2021/2022 academic year, please complete the form at the link below.
Please note that applications cannot be processed until the end of August/early September, once we have opened registration for the new academic year.
Post-Registration Deferral - form to be used from November 1st 2021
Deferring your place once you have registered as a student for the academic year.
An applicant who is offered a place in WIT may be granted a deferral after registering as a student for the academic year should a student find that they are unable to continue their studies due to unforeseen circumstances.
A student who is eligible to continue with their studies in the Institute (years 2, 3 or 4) may also defer.
An application to defer must be submitted online - the student must complete the application form, Deferral (DA1). See tab Deferral for details.