Withdrawals and Deferral
A Withdrawal is when a student decides to leave the Institute completely. This happens every year and happens for various reasons: students leave during the early part of the year in order to take up employment offers or places in other programmes; or students may feel they have made the wrong programme choice; others may decide to leave for personal or family reasons.
Please bear the following in mind if you are contemplating leaving the Institute:
- If you are not quite sure about your decision, talk to someone. Your Programme Co-ordinator / Student Counsellor / Student Union Officer or other member of staff can all help or refer you to an appropriate person for advice.
- If you have definitely decided to leave the Institute, you must complete and sign an official Withdrawal Form (available to down load below) and return it along with your student ID to the Office of Academic & Student Affairs.
Please note that a non-notified withdrawal or absence will affect your entitlement to free fees should you return to pursue studies at IADT or any other Higher Education Institution.
A Deferral is when a student wishes to postpone a year of study, and return the following year to start the year of study again. This is not normally considered for 1st Year entry to programmes offered through the CAO, or for one-year follow-on programmes at Degree level. It is also not advised for students undertaking a Postgraduate Programme or Special Purpose Award as the decision to run programmes in any year is dependent on student numbers.
Deferral of 2nd or 3rd or 4th year of a programme (taking a year out)
- Students wishing to defer entry to their next year of study must in the first instance complete the ‘Deferral Application Form’ and return it to the School Administrator. Deferral Forms are available to download below or from your School Administrators and/or the Office of Academic & Student Affairs.
- Applications for a deferral are considered by the School and the Registrar. A deferral may not be guaranteed and is totally at the discretion of the Institute.
- Requests for a deferral must be made before April 30th in relation to a deferral sought for the following academic year.
Deferral Procedures for Registered Students
In exceptional cases, some students may not be able to complete their year of study because of family, personal, health or financial reasons. Such students should, in the first instance, seek advice from their programme co-ordinator, head of department, or student support staff.
The financial consequences of deferring a programme
Once students register with the Institute, their fees are currently paid by the Higher Education Authority (HEA). If, after registration, you wish to defer for a year or longer, you will have to pay fees when you return to third level education for the ‘repeat year’. Similarly, Postgraduate and Special Purpose Award Students will have to pay fees when they return.
Only in very exceptional circumstances will you be considered for free fees in a ‘repeat year’. If, however, you defer the year on serious medical grounds, a case can be made to the HEA on your behalf. You will have to provide medical documentation in support of the deferral application.
Click here to download the IADT Withdrawal Form >> (doc , 104 kbs)
Click here to download Form AS DF1 Deferral of Academic Year (doc , 104 kbs)