1. Before you withdraw

Officially, dropping a course or dropping out of a program are called "withdrawing".

When you withdraw from a course or program, there can be academic, financial or visa consequences.

There may be any number of reasons why you need to withdraw. Before you proceed, some general advice to consider is:

  • The date you withdraw determines whether you are financially liable for a course.
  • The date you withdraw also determines whether any academic penalties apply.
  • For this reason, familiarise yourself with important university dates. 
  • Act immediately if you want to withdraw because of health or personal problems.
  • Speak to someone for advice about your options and the best way to proceed.

Other advice includes:

Domestic students

Speak to someone from Centrelink if you receive Austudy, ABSTUDY, Youth Allowance or other payments from the Australian Government.

International students

Seek advice from your faculty before withdrawing from a course or from your program. Changing your study load can affect your student visa.

Once you’ve spoken to your faculty and if you intend to withdraw from your program, complete the International Students – Withdrawal from Program form (PDF).

Please note that we are required by law to notify the Department of Home Affairs when international students withdraw from their studies.

If you are in Australia on a student visa and you withdraw from your program, you will have 28 days to:

  • leave Australia,
  • enrol in an alternative program, or
  • apply for a different visa.

If you choose to leave Australia, your student visa may be cancelled.

HDR students

HDR students can withdraw online.

Withdrawing won’t stop you applying for re-admission at a future date. 

Please note there are no academic penalties for HDR students who withdraw and you do not need to repay your scholarship.

In the sections on this page, "financial liability" and "financial consequences" strictly refer to tuition fees.