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Gap Year Policy


  • Confirm your intent to enroll at Westminster by the deadline.
  • Email the Director of Admissions by June 1. Your email should outline your reasons for postponing your enrollment and plans for your gap/service year.
  • You will receive an email letting you know if we need any additional information. An official response from the Director of Admissions will grant your request. Allow 2 weeks for processing gap/service year requests.
  • Go gap. Serve your world. Take a job or internship, pursue a dream, help the world be a better place, help your family or others in need. It’s your gap year. Make the most of it.
  • Re-apply for financial aid.  Complete either the International Student Financial Aid Application (ISFAA) or the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), by November 15th. Visit Westminster's admissions and student financial planning website for application instructions and requirements. If your family's financial circumstances are similar to when you originally applied, you can anticipate a similar parent contribution to that originally offered. Please be advised, though, that if there are any changes to Westminster's financial aid policies, it may impact your award and/or eligibility. Please note that your eligibility for financial aid—and level of demonstrated need—will be based on the new information you provide to us when you reapply for aid.
  • While on your gap/service year, you'll need to update us as soon as possible after January 1 to reaffirm your commitment to join the newest matriculating Westminster class. We'll also want to know more about your experiences and undertakings during your gap/service year.


Admitted students who postpone their enrollment may not apply or attend any other colleges or universities during their gap/service year.

The Admissions Committee reserves the right to review the status of any admitted student, including those on a gap/service year, and to rescind its offer of admission if a student's academic and personal record does not remain satisfactory in all respects.

The American Gap Association defines a gap year as:  "A structured period of time when students take a break from formal education to increase self-awareness, learn from different cultures, and experiment with possible careers. Typically these are achieved by a combination of traveling, volunteering, interning, or working."

If there are any policy changes at the College, they will apply to you as a member of your matriculating class.

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