Q: How do I defer?

Requests for deferrals are done by completing the Deferral Request Form 

This is a brief form that simply asks for:

  • Your name and student ID number and / or date of birth
  • An email address where we can reach you
  • What your plans are for the deferral period (Just a short description)
  • You will also need to submit your $50 non-refundable Enrollment Deposit to guarantee your space in the coming semester or year. Please use this link for the enrollment deposit.

Q: Why do students choose to defer?

Deferrals are granted for many reasons: time off to work, travel, medical reasons, personal reasons and many others. We understand and it’s A-OK with us. We want to hear about your plans and work closely with you on this, so please share that with us in your Deferral Request Form

Terms and conditions

Please note: UMF cannot approve deferral requests if you’re planning to enroll in college coursework elsewhere. You may not matriculate at another college / university as part of a deferral agreement.

Please contact us to discuss any college courses you’re considering taking during your deferral period in advance to make sure it doesn’t jeopardize your UMF enrollment status and possible merit award.

If you plan to defer for a year you must also complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1 of the year you will be enrolling to be considered for need-based financial aid.

If you defer for only one semester within the same aid year your Financial Aid package will be modified to indicate only one semester of need.

Again, feel free to contact us if you have any questions about this. We really do want to work with you on this.

Next Steps:

If you haven’t already done so, Say YES to UMF now. Once your deferral is formally approved you’ll receive a letter confirming your new start term / semester.

If you have questions or need assistance with the deferral process, please contact us. Let’s work on this together.

Contact us

Office of Admissions
University of Maine at Farmington
246 Main Street
Farmington, Maine USA 04938-1994
tel  207-778-7050
fax  207-778-8182
TYY (via Maine Relay Service) dial 711