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I got accepted into a taught MSc for Fall 2019. I just found out recently that my mom must undergo a heart transplant within the next year. I am considered a support person (along with my dad), but I don't know whether this is grounds for deferral. Has anyone had any experience with this? There are only 20 people in my program and I know they can reject me. If that happens, I'll be forced to choose between going to school and leaving my mum behind or withdrawing and re-applying next year (would they even accept me then?). I just want to avoid as much back and forth as possible.
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(Original post by jerimiahblue)
I got accepted into a taught MSc for Fall 2019. I just found out recently that my mom must undergo a heart transplant within the next year. I am considered a support person (along with my dad), but I don't know whether this is grounds for deferral. Has anyone had any experience with this? There are only 20 people in my program and I know they can reject me. If that happens, I'll be forced to choose between going to school and leaving my mum behind or withdrawing and re-applying next year (would they even accept me then?). I just want to avoid as much back and forth as possible.
Ask them. Even if they say no, there's a strong chance you'd be accepted the following year.
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really? I'd imagine that they'd be less likely to accept me since I would be declining the chance to go.
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really? I'd imagine that they'd be less likely to accept me since I would be declining the chance to go.
They don't take offence, they aren't an individual with feelings. They want academic talent. If you had competitive talent this year, chances are you'll still have it next year. It's not a certainty, but there's a decent chance. Moreso, because you have a valid, external reason for needing to change start year, other than the universal funding issue. They are hard-nosed about deferring for funding because the same excuse could roll on for years and years.
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True. Maybe i'm overthinking. I'll ring them and ask
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They don't take offence, they aren't an individual with feelings. They want academic talent. If you had competitive talent this year, chances are you'll still have it next year. It's not a certainty, but there's a decent chance. Moreso, because you have a valid, external reason for needing to change start year, other than the universal funding issue. They are hard-nosed about deferring for funding because the same excuse could roll on for years and years.
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