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Domestic Application Deferrals

An application deferral, also known as a deferral of admission, is moving a Confirmed - Full Admission seat in a specific program for a specific term to the same program in a future term.

Application deferrals for international students

If you’re an international student, you can defer your start by transferring your tuition deposit to any future open term. Visit our tuition deposit transfer page to learn more. 


Deferrals of admission are only considered on a case-by-case basis for compelling circumstances and must be approved by the Office of the Registrar. If you don't feel a deferral is right for your situation, you might consider a one-time tuition deposit transfer. Review tuition and fees and learn how to transfer your domestic applicant tuition deposit.

  • Compelling circumstances must be validated with official documentation and are outside the student’s control. Examples include:
    • medical conditions
    • court appearances
    • bereavement
    • significant extenuating personal circumstances.
  • Financial constraints and changes in personal plans are not considered extenuating circumstances.
  • Deferrals can only be approved for programs not closed or waitlisted for your chosen future term.

Application deferral requests for personal or family medical reasons must be emailed to accessibility.services@sait.ca. Please ensure your email includes the following information.
  • Email subject: Application deferral for medical reasons.
  • Email body should include your SAIT ID, first and last name, current program, current term and desired term.
  • You must include supporting documentation — review document requirements for medical conditions to find examples of approved documents.
  • Family medical documents must be submitted with the written consent of the family member.

Your deferral request will be declined if your request is missing any of the above information.

It will take at least 5 business days to validate your medical document. Be sure to start the process early and avoid missing your term's deferral deadline.

You can only defer your application once. If your admission deferral is approved, your tuition deposit will be used for the deferred term.

If you cancel your deferred application, the deposit will not be refunded and will be forfeited.

If your admission deferral is declined and you decide to cancel your current application, your tuition deposit will not be refunded and will be forfeited. Review refunds for our full policy.

Confirmed Admission Term Deferral request review begins Deferral request deadline
Summer 2023 April 1, 2023 June 15, 2023
Fall 2023 June 1, 2023 Aug. 15, 2023
Winter 2024 Oct. 1, 2023 Dec. 15, 2023
Spring 2024 Feb. 1, 2024 April 15, 2024

If you wish to pursue a deferral, please complete the admission deferral request.

Students accepted to Academic Upgrading and English Language Foundations cannot request a deferral as they are non-credential programs. You may be eligible to move your application once to a different open intake. Submit your request before your program start date.