Greg writes in:
I'm curious about MFA programs and deferring... My question: do MFA programs (fiction, in my case, though I'm guessing genre wouldn't matter) generally allow accepted students to defer? I'm ready to apply now, but there's a possibility (work/family stuff) that I won't be able to attend a program until fall 2010. I'd just wait and apply next year, but it seems application numbers are always going up, and I'd be pretty disappointed if I didn't apply an ended up having an open path to attending next fall after all.
It's my understanding that the majority of programs will allow this, if the reason is a legitimate one. I'd appreciate the advice and experience of others!
One story: When I received a Stegner Fellowship, I wasn't actually finished with my MFA. I asked the Stanford Administrative person "Can I defer the Stegner for a year?" There was a long pause on the other line, and she replied "No, but you can reapply!"
Needles to say, I jumped into the Fellowship. Rock on. -- Tom