What is the census date?

This is your key enrolment, fee payment and HELP loan deadline. If you miss the census date, you might have to pay for courses you’re no longer attending or even have your enrolment cancelled.

Every course you’re enrolled in has its own census date, which is unable to be extended. So make note of your census date, and know what you have to do by the deadline.

Your 2018 census dates

Semester/term Census date
Semester 1 31 March
Semester 2 31 August
Spring Semester 7 December 2018
Summer Semester 2019 11 January 2019
Flexible term Calculated by course start and end date

What to do by the census date

Enrolment

Action

Census date deadline  

Penalty (if not done by the deadline)

Drop a course

If eligible, you can do this online.

Learn how to drop a course.

Online:
11.59 pm
In person: 5pm*

You’ll have to pay for any courses you’re enrolled in, even if you’re no longer attending them.

Apply for credit transfer/recognition of prior learning (RPL) 
Apply in person at RMIT Connect.

Learn how to apply for credit/RPL.

5pm*

You’ll have to pay for any courses you’re enrolled in, even if you’re no longer attending them.

Apply for leave of absence

If eligible, you can do this online.

Learn how to apply for leave of absence.

Online: 
11.59 pm

In person: 5pm*

You’ll have to pay for any study you’re enrolled in, even if you’re no longer attending classes.

Cancel your enrolment

If eligible, you can do this online.

Learn how to cancel your program enrolment.

Online: 
11.59 pm
In person: 5pm*

You’ll have to pay for any study you’re enrolled in, even if you’re no longer attending classes.**

Fees and HELP loans

Action

Census date deadline

Penalty (if not done by the deadline)

Provide your Tax File Number to confirm your HELP loan

OR

Pay your student contribution

Learn more about HELP loans

5pm via the government’s eCAF portal.

Your enrolment will be cancelled for the semester.

Pay your student contribution in full

You need to do this if you're not eligible to defer your fees, e.g. Permanent Resident or New Zealand Citizen.

Learn how to pay your fees.

Online: 11.59pm

In person: 5pm*

Your enrolment will be cancelled for the semester.

Apply for FEE-HELP

Apply online to defer your tuition fees.
Learn how to apply for FEE-HELP.

11.59pm

You'll need to pay your tuition fees up-front and in full.

Apply for SA-HELP

Apply online to defer your student services and amenities fee (SSAF).
Learn how to apply for SA-HELP

11.59pm

You'll need to pay SSAF.

* If the census date falls on a weekend or public holiday and you need to complete the action in person, the deadline is 5pm on the last business day before the census date.

** If you're a commencing international student and have enrolled in the first semester of a program, financial penalties may apply for cancelling your enrolment before or after the census date. Refer to Refunds for international students.

Need help?

Contact RMIT Connect with any questions about your census dates.