Deferral Question

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b123
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Deferral Question

Postby b123 » Sun Mar 03, 2013 8:44 pm

I know this is pretty much a crystal ball type question, but in general do most schools grant 1 year deferrals? Do scholarships usually get transferred?

Thanks!

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Re: Deferral Question

Postby rinkrat19 » Sun Mar 03, 2013 8:51 pm

It seems like most schools will grant deferrals, but they vary in how good an excuse they want. Some schools basically just need you to ask, but some schools want something serious, like a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity or serious illness. Most schools are probably somewhere in between the two extremes.

From what I understand, scholarships do not usually defer. Scholarships are, after all, incentive for you to attend School A over school B, and after deferring a year at A, you no longer have the leverage of a threat to attend B. But some schools might let you apply for scholarships with your incoming class. (Northwestern does this, and I got money after deferring.)

All of this is anecdotal.

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Re: Deferral Question

Postby b123 » Mon Mar 04, 2013 5:49 pm

Thanks for the info! Anyone else have any experience with this?

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Re: Deferral Question

Postby cookiejar1 » Wed Mar 06, 2013 5:23 am

rinkrat19 wrote:It seems like most schools will grant deferrals, but they vary in how good an excuse they want. Some schools basically just need you to ask, but some schools want something serious, like a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity or serious illness. Most schools are probably somewhere in between the two extremes.

From what I understand, scholarships do not usually defer. Scholarships are, after all, incentive for you to attend School A over school B, and after deferring a year at A, you no longer have the leverage of a threat to attend B. But some schools might let you apply for scholarships with your incoming class. (Northwestern does this, and I got money after deferring.)

All of this is anecdotal.

Rink, if you were to defer a year and increase your LSAT score would that mean you'd probably have a better shot at a higher scholarship since you would be competing in a new pool with better numbers? Trying to decide if I want to defer and take this route, withdraw and reapply ED next year, or just go.

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Re: Deferral Question

Postby eav1277 » Wed Mar 06, 2013 6:35 am

I'd be deferring for two years due to TFA (if I dont reapply in two cycles). UCI would defer my scholarship. USC would not. They said they would try to match the amount but wouldnt guarantee it (I'd be scared of getting less do to the whole lack of leverage thing).




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