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Deferrals

Deferral Policy

A deferral is when a student postpones starting or continuing a certificate program until a later date. Deferral policies vary depending on how frequently a program is offered.

Policy for Certificate Programs Offered More Than Once a Year

  • Accepted students — students who have been accepted into a program but have not yet begun — may defer their start one time. They must start the program within the following three quarters to keep their seat.
  •  Continuing students may take a break between courses. They can defer only once, and they must resume the program within the following three quarters to keep their seat.  

Policy for Certificate Programs Offered Once a Year

  • Accepted students may not defer but they may reapply to a future offering.
  • Continuing students who want to take a break between courses may not defer but they can withdraw and reapply to the certificate program when they'd like to continue.

If you withdraw from a program and return to it later, you do not need to repeat courses you have successfully completed, provided you return within two years of your initial certificate start date, and the curriculum of the program has not been substantially revised.

Waitlists and Deferrals

When a student is waitlisted, they are offered a spot in the next instance of a program. Being waitlisted is not the same as a deferral, and it does not impact your ability to defer in the future.

Deferral Requests

If you have any questions about deferrals, or if you’d like to make a deferral request, contact Enrollment Services at enroll@pce.uw.edu.