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Application Deferrals and Tuition Deposit Transfers

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 particular term to the same program in a future term.

Deferral eligibility

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

🌍 International students may request a tuition deposit transfer.

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.

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

When you can request a deferral

Confirmed admission term Deferral requests open Deferral request deadline
Fall 2023 June 1, 2023 Aug. 15, 2023
Winter 2024 Oct. 1, 2023 Dec. 15, 2023
Spring 2024 Feb. 1, 2024 April 15, 2024

Submitting a deferral request

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.

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, 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. 

Request an admission deferral*

*for domestic applicants only

Tuition deposit transfer

Domestic applicants

You may transfer your tuition deposit one time 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. 

If you want to transfer your tuition deposit a second time, you must submit a new application and pay an additional non-refundable tuition deposit.

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

SAIT now offers a one-time transfer of your tuition deposit to any future open intake up to two weeks before the start of your program for both conditionally and unconditionally confirmed applicants.

Reasons you may want to request a tuition deposit transfer include:

  • 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:

When you can request a deposit transfer

Confirmed admission term Transfer request deadline
Fall 2023 Aug. 8, 2023
Winter 2024 Dec. 13, 2023
Spring 2024 To be announced

Submitting your tuition deposit transfer request

If you wish to pursue a tuition deposit transfer, please complete the request form. Only requests submitted through the International Deposit Transfer Form will be considered.

After your request is reviewed, you will receive an email update. Please add international.centre@sait.ca to your safe senders list.

Requests made after the deadline will only be considered on a case-by-case basis when extenuating circumstances outside your control affect your ability to begin classes on the registered intake.

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.

If your tuition deposit transfer is approved, you will receive an email with a coupon code for a free application to a future intake. This application can be made to any program in any open intake. 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.

If your tuition deposit transfer is declined, you are still expected to start your initial intake and meet the course registration and tuition payment deadline.

You can only transfer your tuition deposit once. If you want to transfer your deposit a second time, 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.

Request international tuition deposit transfer

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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