Deferred Enrollment

Please see the appropriate section for information regarding deferred enrollment.

Johnson & Wales University offers a three-year deferred enrollment for U.S. citizens and permanent residents and one-year deferred enrollment for foreign national students who have applied and been accepted to the university but, for various reasons, wish to postpone their undergraduate enrollment. JWU will honor the admissions decision during the deferment period; after that time frame, the applicant will need to submit a new application and transcript(s) for review. 

Merit scholarships and reservation deposits submitted will remain effective during the deferment period. Federal student aid is offered annually; a student must reapply for federal funds through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Johnson & Wales University offers a two-year deferred enrollment to all students who have applied and been accepted to any graduate program (excluding Physician Assistant and Occupational Therapy Doctorate) at the university but, for various reasons, wish to postpone their graduate enrollment. 

JWU will honor the admissions decision during the deferment period; after that time frame, the applicant will need to submit a new application and transcript(s) for review. However, If the student has earned college credit at another institution since being accepted at JWU, they must submit updated transcripts showing that coursework. Reservation fees submitted will remain effective during the deferment period. 

Students wishing to change their selected date of enrollment should forward a request to Graduate Admissions stating the semester in which they wish to enroll. International applicants must submit an updated bank statement and financial declaration demonstrating financial support. Please note that some programs start only once each year. Federal student aid is awarded annually; a student must reapply for federal funds through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). 

For Physician Assistant and Occupational Therapy Doctorate students on the Providence Campus, an acceptance is only applicable for the semester originally accepted. To apply for another semester, applicants must reapply through the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) or the Occupational Therapy Central Application Service (OT-CAS) application. All CASPA and OT-CAS applications and supporting documentation on non-matriculated students will be destroyed upon matriculation of the current class.