Deferral Policy

Goucher College fully supports admitted students who make the choice to take time off between high school and enrolling in college. Taking a gap year allows students to pursue a variety of activities and experiences during their time off that contribute greatly to their learning on campus.

Many students find that by taking a gap year, they feel more prepared and ready to tackle a challenging academic environment and integrative residential experience.

Deferral Process

To defer the offer of admission, students must take the following steps:

  1. Submit a nonrefundable $600 Enrollment Deposit ($500 for tuition plus $100 for residential students) and the Declaration of Intent (DOI) online or that was included in the admit packet.
  2. Send via email to admissions@goucher.edu a request to defer their entry term to Goucher either until the following Spring or Fall semester. Admitted students may defer admission for no more than two consecutive semesters.

College Credits Taken During Deferral

During the deferral period, students may take no more than 12 college credits. Students who take more than 12 college credits will be required to reapply as a transfer student.

Merit Scholarships

Recipients of merit scholarships who defer their admission can retain their scholarship only by not matriculating at another institution during their deferral period. Scholarship recipients who complete more than 12 college credits during the deferral period may forfeit the scholarship. ​

Need Based Financial Aid

Since need based financial aid is determined and packaged on a yearly basis, students will need to resubmit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for need based financial aid. The FAFSA for the following year opens on October 15.