Domestic applicants

Deferrals of admission are considered for domestic students with a Confirmed - Full Admission seat on a case-by-case basis for compelling circumstances and must be approved by the Office of the Registrar.

When you can request a deferral

Admission term Deferral requests open Domestic deferral request deadline
Winter Oct. 1 Dec. 15
Spring Feb. 1 April 15
Summer April 1 June 15
Fall June 1 Aug. 15

Compelling circumstances must be validated with official documentation and are outside the student’s control. Examples include:

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.

Please complete the online admission deferral request form if you wish to pursue a deferral.

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 via Freshdesk before your program start date.

Request an admission deferral

You can only defer your application once. If your deferral request is approved, we will cancel your current application and create a new one for the deferred program and term – your tuition deposit will be moved to the deferred term automatically. This will be noted as Waived on your admission portal status page.

If you cancel your deferred application, your deposit will be forfeited.

If your admission deferral is declined and you decide to cancel your current application, your tuition deposit will be forfeited. Review refunds for our full policy. 

If you don't feel a deferral is right for your situation, consider a one-time tuition deposit transfer.

You can only transfer your tuition deposit once to any future intake open at the time you make your request – transfer requests are subject to the following rules:

  • You must have an offer for a second SAIT program. 
  • Your request must be received before the transcript deadline of your originally confirmed term.
  • Your deposit will be forfeited if you choose to cancel your confirmed seat or you don’t attend classes.
  • Your deposit can’t be transferred once it’s been forfeited. 

To request a tuition deposit transfer, submit a ticket via Freshdesk

  • Under the type of inquiry, select Admissions. 
  • In the Admission types field, select Make changes to Application (move, defer, cancel)

Submit a domestic deposit transfer ticket

International applicants

Requests for deferrals of admission for both conditionally and unconditionally confirmed international applicants must be submitted through the international admissions system. Please carefully review the eligibility requirements and deadlines below.

Deferral request deadlines

Admission term International deferral request deadline
Winter 2024 (late start March 18) Feb. 26, 2024 - deferral requests can be submitted through this form.
Spring 2024 April 10, 2024
Fall 2024 Aug. 7, 2024

Reasons you may want to request a deferral include but are not limited to:

  • Study permit delays or refusal
  • Require more time to meet admission requirements
  • Illness or other personal circumstances. 

You are not eligible for a tuition deposit transfer if:

You can only “Request for deferral” if:

  • Your application is on Unconditional/Conditional - Confirmed or Registered status.
  • You have not received a tuition deposit transfer or deferral already.
  • You are requesting it on or before the deadline for the applicable admission term.

Follow these steps to submit your request:

  • Go to the international admissions system
  • Open the application you wish to transfer,
  • Click the “Request for deferral” button.
  • Select the future intake you would like to transfer your tuition deposit to.
  • Please note the deferral button will only appear if the applicant is eligible.

Deferral approved

If your request is approved, you will receive an email with your intake/program changes. You will also see the changes within your application in the admissions system. You can use the “Change Requests” tab (at the bottom of your application) to view the status of your request. 

If your program of choice is full and you are placed on a waitlist, you can request a waitlist transfer to a different program with seats available. A confirmed seat is contingent on meeting all admission requirements for the program of choice. See waitlist options.

Deferral declined

If your request is declined, you will receive a message from the Admissions team on VAS. You are still expected to start your initial intake and meet the course registration and tuition payment deadline, or you can request to drop your current intake to avoid unnecessary charges. 

You can only transfer your tuition deposit once. If you want to start in a different intake, you must submit a new application and pay an additional non-refundable tuition deposit.

By cancelling your application, the deposit will be forfeited. Please review SAIT’s refund policy. 

No request can be submitted after the deadline.

If extenuating circumstances outside of your control affect your ability to begin classes in the registered intake, contact the International Centre.

Compelling circumstances must be validated with official documentation and require approval from the International Centre. Examples include:

  • illness
  • court appearances
  • bereavement
  • significant extenuating personal circumstances.

Help centre

You can always get support 24/7 through our FreshDesk knowledge base.

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Contact us

Domestic admissions
Office of the Registrar
403.284.7248 1.877.284.7248 inquiry@sait.ca
International admissions
International Centre
1.403.284.8852 international@sait.ca

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