Refunds for commencing or newly enrolled international students

Use this page to find out if you're eligible for a refund and submit an application to begin the process.

Important information about refunds

This information is for students:

  • who are holding a student visa, a bridging visa or a temporary visa, and
  • who are yet to enrol or
  • have withdrawn from all study in the first semester of a Program.

If you have not yet enrolled but are considering studying at a later time, find out how to defer your offer. If you have enrolled in any classes, please make sure you have cancelled your enrolments before submitting a refund application. Find out how to cancel your enrolment.

All refund applications are assessed based on the Schedule of Fees and Charges.

Any refund amount can only be determined after a refund application has been submitted and assessed.

If your application for a refund is successful any outstanding charges and administrative fees will be deducted from the refundable amount.

If you paid your fees via credit card, authorised refunds will be processed to the same credit card. If you paid using another method, any refundable amount will be paid to your nominated bank account.

Complete applications for refund will be processed within 20 working days. Please note that transfers to overseas bank accounts will take up to 6 weeks. RMIT is not responsible for any currency variations in foreign exchange rates. If you are intending to change study plans and study elsewhere in Australia you should stay enrolled at RMIT until the outcome of your application for release is finalised. If you have applied for a release, please wait for the application to be finalised before applying for a refund.

All applications for refund (except if you have been refused a visa) must be submitted within 12 months of the Program commencement date listed on your Offer Letter. Applications submitted after this time are not eligible for a refund.

How to apply for a refund

Before you submit your online application form:

  • Check refund guidelines below to identify whether you are entitled to a full refund/partial refund or no refund.
  • Compile any required supporting documents.
  • If you have not yet enrolled, consider the option of deferring your offer. We’re here to help you, so please find more information on deferring your offer here.
  • If you have deferred your offer, please make sure you have completed the deferral process by accepting your new offer before applying for a refund.

The refund amount is determined by an assessment of your reason for refund, supporting documentation and when you apply for a refund, relative to your Program commencement date.

If you reduce your study load in the first semester of study, you will not be eligible for a refund of the difference between the tuition fees you paid for that semester and the tuition fees charged. Instead, the difference will appear as a credit in your student account.

Please provide all supporting documents in English. 

If you have OSHC with Medibank and paid your OSHC fees to RMIT, we can organise this refund for you. If your OSHC is arranged directly with another provider, please contact them directly to discuss a refund. 

If your refund application requires more information or supporting documents to proceed, please provide these within 10 working days.  Your refund application will be closed if the required information is not received within this timeframe. If your refund application is closed, you will need to submit a new application if you wish to proceed. Please note that your application will be processed within 20 working days of receiving a new complete application.

Offer letters issued to commencing international students on or before 22 November 2020 will have refund applications assessed according to the Enrolment Processes: Refund of Fees document. Offer letters issued 23 November 2020 will have refund applications assessed according to the yearly Schedule of Fees and Charges.

Submit application form


You can appeal the outcome of your refund outcome within 20 days of receiving the outcome notification. An appeal must include new information not included in the original application and new supporting documents. 

Refunds for domestic or continuing international students

Eligible students

This is for those students who are one of the following:

  • Australian citizens
  • New Zealand citizens
  • Holding a Permanent Resident visa
  • Holding a Permanent Humanitarian Visa
  • International students (including a holder of bridging visa) who have successfully studied in the first semester of your current program
  • Have an approved leave of absence.
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