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Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions Joining the Corps

Can I defer my offer to the corps?

Teach For America offers a one-year deferral for accepted applicants who have an extenuating circumstance preventing them from joining in 2024. Though rare, deferrals are typically granted for accepted applicants who have serious medical conditions or personal emergencies. We also sometimes grant deferrals for those who have a unique opportunity that will significantly and directly add to their value in the classroom or to working toward educational equity. If granted a deferral, you will have a place in the 2025 corps in your assigned region. You must be able to attend the 2025 summer training in full, which will begin in late May of 2025.


Given this information, if you would like to formally request a deferral, you will need to connect with your regional contact.

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