Now that you've graduated from high school, it's time to go to college, right?

Not necessarily. If you want to spend time traveling the world, finishing an internship, or working to save money for school, you can defer your enrollment. Just talk to your college, and see if they'll let you start a semester or year later than you had originally planned.

Just make sure you leave your options open!

If you're still in high school, you don't have to decide about deferring right now. Just focus on applying—and getting accepted—at the college you'd like to attend. Then, if you do want to take some time to yourself after graduating, you'll already have a spot saved for you at your school of choice.

Play by their rules

Find out what your college needs from you in order to consider your deferment request. Most schools require a formal notice including a description of why you'd like the extra time to yourself and, occasionally, a deposit to save your spot. And as with most college-related activities, there will be a deadline. Make sure you find out what it is before you try to delay your enrollment.

Getting back to school

Make sure you know what you need to enroll after your deferment period is over. Your college may ask you to register for classes in advance or sign up for freshman orientation programs. You may need to reapply for housing or fill out more paperwork. Just double check so that when you do arrive on campus, you'll be ready to hit the books.

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