Ask Abe: Withdrawing & Discontinuing

Hi Abe,

At the beginning of the year I enrolled in 4 subjects but I’ve had some family stuff happen and now I don’t think I can cope with that workload. What should I do?


Dear Overwhelmed,

The HECS census date in Semester 1 is Sunday March 31. This means that you can drop any subject before then, without any academic or financial* penalty. Before dropping any subject, make sure that you understand the impact it will have on Centrelink payments, visas, and travel concession cards. Dropping from 4 to 3 subjects will not affect your full time enrollment status, but if you are an international student you may be in breach of your visa. International students require faculty approval to reduce their study load.


*International students have an administration fee deducted from any refund.