New students that prefer to wait to start their program at UMBC until a future semester are welcome to defer their admission. Please note, this process is different for Undergraduate and Graduate students.
When is the deadline to defer my admission to a future semester?
Graduate students: Please start this process as soon as you have finalized your plans. While there is no formal deadline to request to defer, for the benefit of yourself and the University community, please let us know promptly so everyone can plan accordingly. The Graduate School strongly encourages you to notify them by the start of classes on January 25, 2021.
Undergraduate students: The deadline to request to defer your admission from Spring 2021 to a future semester is January 31.
How can I defer my admission?
o Read over the deferral directions and complete the form following the directions – both directions and form can be found here, under “Deferral of Admission”: gradschool.umbc.edu/students/forms/
o The Graduate School will contact you to confirm your new semester of admission.
The Graduate School does not require an enrollment deposit.
o Email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to confirm the new semester for which you would like to be considered .
o If you received a scholarship from UMBC, complete a Scholarship Deferral Request here: UMBC Scholarship Deferral Form
o You will receive a confirmation of your deferral, and in the regular admissions cycle, will receive an updated admission letter for your new semester.
o Your enrollment deposit, if paid, will be deferred to your new semester as well.
When will I get my Spring 2021 or Fall 2021 I-20?
First, your request to defer your admission must be approved and processed by the Graduate School or Undergraduate Admissions.
After your admission is deferred, we will contact you if we need additional documents to make your new I-20.
Students that defer to Spring 2021 will receive an I-20 after July 1 2020.
Students that defer to Fall 2021 will receive an updated I-20 after January 1, 2021.
Once your admission is formally deferred, IES will contact you with next steps. Please do not contact us directly, as we will reach out to you proactively when we can take action on your documents.
- For students with an I-20, we will likely not need any additional documents to prepare your deferred I-20. We will reach out to you directly in 1-2 weeks from the time your deferral request is processed. For students with Graduate Assistantships, please work with your department to get an updated contract for the semester you are deferring to, that we will need to make your deferred I-20.
- For students without an I-20, we will send you directions on how to apply for an I-20 once your admission is deferred.
I enrolled in Spring 2021 classes – do I have to drop them if I defer my admission?
YES – this is extremely important and will result in an overdue bill at UMBC for the classes that are not dropped.
To drop classes, please follow the directions here: https://wiki.umbc.edu/display/sa/Drop+a+Class
The deadline to drop Spring 2021 classes with no financial penalties is not yet announced, but will likely be around January 28. Please see the drop refund schedule after the start of classes here: https://sbs.umbc.edu/drop-and-withdrawal/
What happens to my I-20 when I defer my admission, if I already have an I-20?
After the Graduate School or Undergraduate Admissions Office defers your admission, we will be alerted and will work with you to alter the dates on your I-20 to the new semester of your admission. Please review this section of this page for time lines and next steps.
Please note that financial documents need to be no more than 6 months old when we update your I-20 – if the documents we have on record for you are over 6 months old, we will request new documents from you. You will also need financial documents that are less than 6 months old when you go for your visa appointment.
For students with Graduate Assistants, please work with your department to get an updated contract for the new semester, which we will need to make your new I-20.