If you're a graduating senior in this uncertain environment, you're probably trying to figure out a plan for the fall. Some colleges have committed to online instruction but many are still up in the air. If the idea of deferring for a year has crossed your mind, it's time for a chat with the admissions folks at the school you want to attend. Here's what to ask:
Will you open up for fall? Spring? When will you announce your plans?
Can I defer enrollment?
What are the steps required to secure deferral? Forms to fill out?
When is a deferral request due?
Can I take a full slate of community college classes while deferred?
Can I come back after that deferred year as a sophomore?
Is there a limit to how many community college classes I can take before I would have to reapply as a transfer?
Will my financial aid package remain unchanged?
Will my status as an athlete, member of an honors college or any other unique program remain unchanged if I defer?
If I attend college remotely in the fall, what will the cost be?
If you will be holding classes remotely, can I apply my full financial aid package to the cost of attending those online classes?