If a CAO applicant is offered the course they really want and worked towards, they may, for anyone of a number of reasons, wish to defer their place for a year - sports or other commitments, to travel or take a gap year, family commitments, bereavement, health reasons.
Whatever the reason, the best advice is to contact the admissions office of the college in question and explain clearly the reasons for deferring. The college will then inform the CAO directly of the student decision to defer.
In rare cases, deferral may not be possible.
I have been offered my first choice in NUIM, but I was wondering:
Is it possible to defer for a year?
If so how would I do it?
Or would I have to just reject the offer and reapply next year?
Generally, yes, but you need to ring NUIM admissions immediately to find out if they will allow you to defer for your specific course.
There is a procedure laid out in the CAO handbook re Deferred Entry so you need to follow this. The important thing is to act quickly and not to delay.
2015 Deferral Policies for other colleges:
DCU - click here
NUI Galway - click here
UCD - click here
TCD - click here
UCC - click here
UL - click here
DIT - click here
AIT - click here
GMIT - click here
CIT - click here
DKIT - click here
IT Sligo - click here
LYIT - click here
If the HEI has confirmed that it operates deferred entry to the course in question, on receipt of an Offer Notice:
- Do NOT accept the offer in the manner shown on the Offer Notice.
- Write or e-mail IMMEDIATELY to the Admissions Office of the appropriate HEI. Give your name as it appears on your CAO application, quote your 2015 CAO Application Number and the Course Code of the offer you wish to defer, and set out the reason(s) for the request. Mark "DEFERRED ENTRY" clearly on the envelope or in the Subject Line of your e-mail.
- The letter or e-mail must arrive in the Admissions Office at least two days before the "Reply Date" shown on the Offer Notice.
- The HEI will communicate their decision to you. If the deferral is not granted, you may then accept the offer for the current year.
You must send all communications about deferral to the appropriate Admissions Office and NOT to the CAO.
Explore 'What's Next' where further questions are answered.
The CareersPortal Team