The census date is the deadline by which your enrolment and fees must be finalised for each semester. It is the last day that you can withdraw from a course(s) without incurring financial liability for student contribution or tuition fees.
If you drop a course from your enrolment on or before the semester census date the course will be completely removed from your record and you will not be charged student contribution/tuition fees or have a grade applied.
If you drop a course from your enrolment after the semester census date the course will remain on your record with a 'withdraw' grade and student contribution/tuition fees will be charged.
There is a census date for each course in which you are enrolled.
| 2017 Census Dates |
(Ballarat, Gippsland, Wimmera and Berwick Campuses and Online Delivery)
|Late Summer 2017 (1702)||20 January 2017|
|Semester 1, 2017 (1705)||31 March 2017|
|Winter 2017 (1715)||14 July 2017|
|Semester 2, 2017 (1720)||31 August 2017|
|Spring 2017 (1725)||15 October 2017|
|Summer 2017 (1727)||8 December 2017|
For domestic students who have government support, the census date is also the:
- last day you can make up-front fee payment to the University for the applicable semester;
- last day you can apply for a HELP loan for the applicable semester; and
- day you become liable for HELP debts for the applicable semester.
Whether you choose to pay your fees upfront, apply for a HELP loan, or a combination of both, you are required to finalise all of these arrangements by census date.