What is the census date?

This is your key enrolment and HELP loan deadline. It’s important, because if you miss the census date you might have to pay for study that you don’t want or need to do. 

Your 2020 census dates

Semester/term Census date
Semester 1 Thursday 30 April
Semester 2  Monday 31 August
Spring (2020)

Thursday 3 December

Summer (2021) TBC
Flexible term Calculated by course start and end date. Your census dates are listed in Enrolment Online.

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

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 online via RMIT Connect.

 

Learn how to apply for credit/RPL.

Online: 11.59 pm

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

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

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)

Finalise your HECS-HELP loan (if eligible) by providing your tax file number (TFN).

 

Learn more about HELP loans

Online: 11.59 pm via the government’s eCAF portal.

 

Note: You need to contact RMIT via the RMIT Connect portal at least 2 business days before the census date, so your eCAF can be revised for you to add your TFN.

Your enrolment will be cancelled for the semester (unless you have paid your student contribution in full by the census date – see below).

Pay your student contribution in full (students enrolled in a Commonwealth Supported Place).

 

You need to do this if you're not eligible to defer your fees to HECS-HELP, e.g. Permanent Resident or New Zealand Citizen, or you do not have an approved HECS-HELP loan.

 

Find out more about Commonwealth Supported Places.

 

Learn how to pay your fees.

Online: 11.59pm

Your enrolment will be cancelled for the semester.

 

It is a government requirement of enrolling into a Commonwealth Supported Place that you pay your fees by the census date or have an approved HECS-HELP loan by the census date to defer your fees to a loan.

 

Find out more about Commonwealth Supported Places.

Apply for FEE-HELP

 

Apply online to defer your tuition fees.


Learn how to apply for FEE-HELP.

Online: 11.59pm via the government’s eCAF portal.

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

Online: 11.59pm via the government’s eCAF portal.

You'll need to pay SSAF.

** 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.