Withdrawing from study

Withdrawing from study?

It is important to correctly withdraw from your course or unit of study. If you don’t withdraw properly or if you miss the withdrawal deadline, you will incur a HELP debt and may also incur academic and financial penalties from your provider.


How do I withdraw?

To withdraw from a unit or course without incurring a HELP debt or losing an up-front payment, you need to complete your provider’s formal withdrawal procedures by the census date. You need to complete the formal withdrawal process for every unit you want to withdraw from, including any units for future study periods. If the course you want to withdraw from involved enrolling in more than one provider, you will need to withdraw from each provider separately. While each provider will have their own policies about withdrawing, the main points are:

  • you must withdraw in writing on your provider’s official form;
  • you must submit this form in time for it to be delivered and processed by the census date;
  • you may need to withdraw online – check with the student administration area of your provider; and
  • you should keep a copy of your withdrawal documentation as confirmation that you completed the correct procedure.

For more information about the correct withdrawal procedure you should contact your provider directly.

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How do I withdraw from Open Universities Australia (OUA)?

If you are an OUA student and you want to withdraw from a unit, you can either send a signed, written notification to OUA or withdraw online via the OUA website. OUA must receive your application for withdrawal by the census date in order to avoid incurring a HELP debt or losing an up-front payment.

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What happens if I withdraw by the census date?

If you correctly withdraw from a unit by the census date, you will not incur a HELP debt. If you are using FEE-HELP or VET FEE-HELP, your FEE-HELP limit will not be reduced if you withdraw by the census date. If you have paid your tuition fees up-front, you may be entitled to a refund.

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What happens if I withdraw after the census date?

If you withdraw from a unit after the census date, you will incur a HELP debt and will lose any up-front payment you made. If you are using FEE‑HELP or VET FEE‑HELP, your FEE‑HELP limit will be reduced.

If you withdrew from a unit after the census date because of special circumstances, you may be able to get your HELP debt remitted (and your FEE‑HELP balance re-credited if applicable).
 
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