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.
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.
Because you can apply and start a self-paced program at any time, deferrals are not available. You have six weeks to register for your first course after being accepted, and four months to finish each course.
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.
If you have any questions about deferrals, or if you’d like to make a deferral request, contact Enrollment Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.