Undergraduate students who submit an enrollment deposit by May 1 may request an enrollment deferral or gap year by June 1. Deferral requests should be submitted in writing to admissions [at] trinity.edu and approved by the Office of Admission. Deferrals are granted for one year and for fall entry only. Two years may be granted in special circumstances, such as national military or religious service. First-year students are allowed to apply for deferred enrollment, however this option is not available to transfers.
Trinity will provide written notification of deferral approval or refusal. If the deferral is granted, first-year students must submit a non-refundable enrollment deposit of $500 to reserve her or his place in the class and residential hall.
First-year students admitted under Early Decision, Early Action, or Regular Decision are eligible for deferral requests; students admitted from the wait list are not typically approved for deferral.
Terms for Approved Deferrals:
If a deferral is approved
Financial aid: If you are interested in need-based financial aid, you will need to reapply for aid for the new term by completing the FAFSA and CSS Profile by February 15 during your deferral year.
Merit scholarships: If you received an academic merit scholarship, your award will also be deferred to the future entry term. If you did not receive a merit scholarship, you will not be reconsidered for awards in the next term alongside the new applicant pool.