The census date is the deadline by which you must take the actions listed below.

Census dates apply to each course you are enrolled in and cannot be extended.

Please do not ignore these dates or it will cost you financially.

The higher education census dates are:

  • 31 March in Semester 1
  • 31 August in Semester 2
  • 8 December in Spring semester
  • 12 January in Summer semester.

Classes in the flexible term will have a census date calculated based on the start and end dates of each class. 

You should ensure you always know when your class census dates are and can check these at any time in Enrolment Online or your Confirmation of Enrolment. 

List of actions that must be taken by the census date

Action

When by

Penalty if you fail to complete this action by the census date

Drop a course online.

Note: If you want to drop all your courses, use the cancel program option in Enrolment Online.

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Drop a course in person at RMIT Connect.

Complete and submit an Enrolment variation form (PDF 59kb 2p)

5pm on the relevant course census date* (or 11.59 pm online)

You will have to pay for any study you are enrolled in even if you are no longer attending classes.

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

Learn how to apply for credit/RPL

5pm on the relevant course census date*

You will have to pay for any study you are enrolled in even if you are no longer attending classes.

Apply for leave of absence from your program.

Eligible students can do this online.

Learn how to apply for leave of absence

5pm on the relevant course census date* (or 11.59 pm online)

You will have to pay for any study you are enrolled in even if you are no longer attending classes.

Cancel your enrolment (drop all courses in your program).

Eligible students can do this online

Learn how to cancel your program enrolment

5pm on the relevant course census date* (or 11.59 pm online)

You will have to pay for any study you are enrolled in even if you are no longer attending classes.**

If eligible, provide your Tax File Number to defer your student contribution, or pay your student contribution up-front.

5pm on the relevant course census date*

Your enrolment will be cancelled for the semester due to HESA non-compliance.

Make a full up-front payment of your student contribution in person if you are not eligible to defer your fees i.e. Permanent resident or New Zealand Citizen.
Learn how to pay your fees

5pm on the relevant course census date.*

Your enrolment will be cancelled for the semester due to HESA non-compliance.

Apply for FEE-HELP to defer your tuition fees online or in person at RMIT Connect.

Learn how to apply for FEE-HELP

5pm on the relevant course census date* (or 11.59pm online)

You will be required to pay your tuition fees up-front and in full without access to FEE-HELP.

Apply for SA-HELP to defer your student services and amenities fees online or in person at RMIT Connect.

Learn how to apply for SA-HELP

5pm on the relevant course census date*(or 11.59pm online)

You will be required to pay your tuition fees up-front without access to SA-HELP.

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

** If you are 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.