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Delayed Entry

If your plans to attend UNC in the fall have been impacted by COVID-19 and you need to delay your entry as a new student or take a break from attending classes in the fall as a current student, please know the following:

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Undergraduate Students

Private (non-UNC) scholarship eligibility is up to the individual donor.  UNC Talent scholarship eligibility is up to the sponsoring program (i.e. Athletics, Theater, Music).  UNC Foundation Scholarships that do not have a full year attendance requirement will be honored for the spring 2021 portion if you contact the Office of Financial with their intent to return spring 2021. 

If a new or current student defers from fall 2020 and returns in fall 2021, the UNC Foundation Scholarship is not guaranteed for fall 2021.  Students will need to complete the 2021-2022 UNC Scholarship application to be reconsidered.   Financial Aid counselors can assist you with specific questions at ofa@unco.edu.

  • New Undergraduate Students

    Please request to defer your term by submitting the Change Information Form.  You will need to log into your Application Portal to complete the form. 

    Typically, first year students are not permitted to take classes at another institution while they are deferring their enrollment.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are allowing students to take classes at another institution so they can remain at home.  Taking courses during the deferred timeframe may change your classification from a new incoming freshman to a transfer student. 

    If you defer your enrollment to spring 2021 your Automatic Admission Based Scholarship and UNC need based grant aid will remain the same as your award currently indicates for spring 2021.  Work study funds currently awarded may not be available.  If you defer your enrollment to fall 2021, your Automatic Admission Based Scholarship will also remain the same.  You will need to apply for the 2021-2022 FAFSA to determine your need-based aid. 

  • Current Undergraduate Students

    If you are student who has been formally admitted and attended courses at UNC and you need to defer your enrollment, you should notify the Office of the Registrar by mail, email, or phone with your intent to withdraw.  Upon your notification, the Office of the Registrar will send you an Exit Survey to complete. This form will gather pertinent information and notify the proper departments of your plans (Housing, Dining Services and the Office of Financial Aid).

    Students who withdraw and wish to return to UNC need to complete the Returning Student Application

    Current students who defer their enrollment to spring 2021 can be assured that their Automatic Admission Based Scholarship and UNC need based grant aid will remain the same as their award currently indicates for spring 2021.  Work study funds currently awarded may not be available.  Students who defer their enrollment to fall 2021 will also be able to count on their Automatic Admission Based Scholarship remaining the same.  You will need to apply for the 2021-2022 FAFSA to determine your need-based aid. 

    Students who enroll for courses at another institution and intend to transfer credits back to UNC in a subsequent term should be aware of the Transfer Policies that determine the transferability of coursework. View UNC’s transfer policy guidelines

    Students can also refer to UNC’s Transferology tool that assists in identifying transfer equivalent coursework that will transfer to UNC. 

Graduate Students

  • New Graduate Students

    Graduate students who have not yet started their graduate program can request a deferral for up to one year.  You can do so by logging back into your Admissions Portal and submitting a “Post Admissions Change of Term Request” form.  Students who have already registered should contact the Registrar’s Office to withdraw from any courses they have registered for prior to being granted a deferral.  Students are unable to withdraw from their final course without contacting the Registrar’s Office.  

    Note: Students who do not enroll in classes for their admission term or do not request a deferral will have their application closed at the end of their first admission term and would have to reapply to be readmitted to the program. More about deferral of admission. 

    For questions about the deferral process, graduate students are encouraged to contact Janis.hooper@unco.edu.

    • For graduate students wishing to defer until spring 2021 and also apply for federal student loans, they will need to apply for the 2020-2021 FAFSA to determine your eligibility.
    • For graduate students wishing to defer until fall  2021 and also apply for federal student loans, they will need to apply for the 2021-2022 FAFSA to determine their eligibility. 

    Note: Students are required to be registered in five required credits hours each semester for federal student loan consideration. Financial Aid counselors can assist students with specific questions at ofa@unco.edu

  • Current Graduate Students

    A student who wishes to transfer credit from another university must obtain and complete a Transfer of Credit form  and must obtain an official transcript(s) showing the course(s) to be transferred. The student must then present the completed petition and an official transcript to the program advisor for approval or disapproval.  For more details related to the transferring of Graduate Level Credit, students are advised to review the guidelines provided in the Graduate School catalog.

    For graduate students wishing to defer until spring 2021 and also apply for federal student loans, they will need to apply for the 2020-2021 FAFSA to determine their eligibility.

    Note: Five credits are required each semester for federal student loan consideration. Financial Aid counselors can assist with specific questions at ofa@unco.edu.

    Students who wish to take one or more semesters off from graduate studies, after having completed at least one semester of graduate coursework at UNC, may do so with no penalty.  If a student fails to register for 3 consecutive semesters, they will received a letter of warning from the graduate school at the beginning of the 4 consecutive semester of non-enrollment.  At this time the student is classified as inactive.  At the close of four consecutive semesters of non-enrollment, the student's file is closed and may not be reactivated.  The student would need to reapply and be readmitted to their graduate program in order to resume their studies.