Deferments and Overrides

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What is a deferment?

  • A deferment is a temporary change placed on a student's account which allows a student to skip a semester during which they were expected to attend classes, without losing their admitted status.  

When is a deferment needed? 

  • Campus Students who cannot attend an on-track semester need to submit a deferment request at Deferment Options to keep their admitted status. Once your request is submitted, you should hear from the Admissions Office within 3 business days. 
    • Deferments are not needed for flex-track or Summer Session. 
    • If you withdraw completely from school during an on track semester and received W grades in all classes, you will need to defer to keep your admitted status.
    • If you registered for and omplete any credit on your on-track,you do not need a deferment. 
  • Online Students can take two consecutive semesters off without needing to defer (including your first semester). To take a third semester off, you would need to request a deferment at Deferment Options 

How are deferment requests granted for domestic and international students? 

  • For domestic students, deferments are granted on a case-by-case basis, however, a domestic student’s first deferment is available upon request, regardless of circumstances. 
  • For international students, deferments are granted by the International Services office. If an international student is interested in a deferment, they must direct their inquiries to the International Services office. 

When can I begin the deferment process? 

  • Typically you can begin the process one semester prior to the semester chosen. 
  • To begin the request, see Deferment Options 

Note: Once a deferment or deferred semester is over the system should automatically allow you to register for future semesters and keep your assigned track.

International Students

If you are a campus international student who is interested in a deferment, you must meet the following immigration requirements to be eligible: 

  • have an F-1 or J-1 visa 
  • be fully enrolled in classes for two consecutive semesters (not including Summer Session) 

Deferring a Semester or Requesting Fewer Credits for a Semester

  • If this is your first deferment follow these steps: 
  1. Log in to  Sunapsis with your BYUI credentials.
  2. Submit the Annual Break Request e-form
  3. International Service will review your eligibility and, if approved, further information will be sent to your campus email.

For additional questions contact International Services at (208) 496-1320 or email for assistance.


**Note for Spring 2023 Semester: For campus students, you should be able to register for campus courses on your flex semester without the need to request an override. Register as normal on your registration date as shown at Registration Dates & Deadlines

What is an override? 

  • An override allows a student to attend on-campus classes during a flex-semester (a semester not a part of your assigned track).  
  • It does not change a student’s track; the student will still be expected to attend their on-track semesters. 

When is an override needed for campus students? 

  • It is needed when campus students want to take on campus classes during a flex-semester
  • It is not needed if a campus student wants to take online classes during their flex-semester. 

How long does it take for the override request to be processed? 

  • If the student is eligible for an override, a confirmation email will be sent to them by the Admissions Office within 1-3 business days informing them that the override has been placed on their account.   
  • If the student is not eligible for an override, they will receive an error message on the form explaining their ineligibility.  

When can I begin the override process? 

  • Any campus student can override for their flex-semester. 
  • An override can be placed as early as one semester before your flex-semester. If you plans to override your flex-semester, you must request the override before the last day to register for classes. Please check here for registration dates.
  • A student can submit an override request through the Override Request Form. 
  • Once an override is placed on your account, your registration date is determined by the number of credits you have accumulated, including completed and in-progress credits. Please contact the Records and Registration office with any questions. 

What if I have an override but can't come to that semester?

  • If you have an override but can not attend the semester you must make sure that you are not enrolled in any classes. If you are not enrolled then you simply do not have to come. This will NOT affect your student status and you may take the semester off. 


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