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Idaho State University Admission Deferment Policy

Students may choose to defer their enrollment at ISU in order to perform voluntary service.

Example: church mission, U.S. military, or other government or non-profit agency.


Apply Before the Scholarship Deadline

Students who wish to defer should apply before the annual scholarship deadline of July 1.

  • Applicants who are offered admission will be considered for academic scholarships if they apply before July 1.
  • All other forms of financial aid require the completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which must be submitted annually.


Fill Out a Deferment Request Form

An admitted student may submit a one-time request to defer their admission to a future semester that is up to six (6) subsequent semesters after the semester they were offered admission. This does not include summer semesters.

Example: A student admitted for the Fall 2023 semester could request a deferment up to and including the Fall 2026 semester.

This deferment assumes that the student will not enroll at another postsecondary institution prior to their enrollment at ISU.

The Deferment Request Form must be submitted to the Office of Admission by August 1 before the fall semester for which the student has been admitted.

Example: For students admitted for Fall 2023 semester, the form must be received by August 1, 2023.


  • The deferment guarantees admission to ISU but not necessarily admission to a particular academic major and/or program of study.
  • Students who received a scholarship offer and were fully admitted to ISU but will not be attending until a later date due to medical reasons, military deployment, church service, or other approved reasons will need to complete the “Admission Deferment Request Form” by August 1 of the year they were initially admitted.
  • This request form will act as your "Deferment for admissions" and ensure that you will be considered for the scholarship awarding index that is in place at the time of your return. Your award will be based upon your GPA (as of the scholarship deadline) at the time of your return.  For homeschool students and those with a GED, the ACT or SAT scores (as of the scholarship deadline) will be used for awarding.
  • Grant funded; Endowed; Annual (i.e. those in BOSS) 1 semester (or year) awards cannot be held due to the funding allocations and the need to re-award.  
  • Students who receive scholarships outside of ISU will need to contact the outside agency.
  • If an admitted student is awarded financial aid and plans to defer their enrollment, the student must cancel their financial aid with ISU Financial Aid by calling (208) 282-2756 or emailing financialaidoffice@isu.edu. Students will need to reapply for financial aid for the semester in which they plan to enroll and meet the appropriate deadlines at that time.


Student Responsibilities

  1. Submit the Deferment Request Form to the Office of Admissions by the appropriate deadline.
  2. Submit the ISU Applicant Information Release form only if a student would like to have a parent or family member to be able to access ISU information related to their admission, scholarship(s), and financial aid. The completed form should be emailed to deanofstudents@isu.edu. This Release may be revoked at any time.
  3. Update ISU on any change of address or contact information prior to their volunteer departure.


Admitted students who decide to pursue volunteer service after starting their enrollment at ISU and plan to return to ISU must work with their academic advisor and the staff in Financial Aid and/or Scholarships regarding the impact on their future enrollment.

This "Admissions Deferment Request" is available for U.S. citizens or permanent residents. International student applicants should contact the International Programs Office. Information on the international applicant deferral request can be found at Deferral Request