Changing your study


You're probably reading this because the passion you once had for studying isn't burning as brightly as it once did.

We know everyone who studies with us has a dream in mind when they first start. We want to make sure that before you withdraw, we've done everything we can to help you rediscover that dream. Even more importantly, we want to help you get rid of any hurdles or concerns that might be stopping you from reaching your study goals.

Don't forget that we've got a support team ready to help you and offer advice about your personal situation.

You're not alone

Whatever's brought you to this page, whether it's a daunting workload, a change in your personal circumstances, or a feeling that you're just not into online study at the moment, it's important to know that you're not on your own.

Before you withdraw we encourage you to make the most of our extensive and friendly support network (if you haven't already).

You can start with a call to a Student Advisor on 1300 899 274.

If they can't help you directly, they'll be able to put you in touch with someone who can.

How do I withdraw?

To withdraw from a unit, visit the Withdrawing section of My Study Centre. Then tick the checkbox beside the unit(s) you would like to withdraw from and follow the prompts to confirm your withdrawal.

After you submit the form, OUA will inform the university that provides the unit of your withdrawal.

Before submitting your withdrawal request, please read the information specific to your unit type. After reading this page, if you're still unsure which penalties apply, please contact a Student Advisor.

To withdraw from units you have not yet paid for, contact a Student Advisor. To withdraw from any paid units, please follow the online withdrawal process in My Study Centre.

The information below concerns withdrawals for FEE-HELP students, and students who have paid for their units via upfront payments. For information on Commonwealth supported place (CSP) withdrawals, please see withdrawing from a CSP course.

Withdrawal penalties

If you choose to withdraw from a unit, you may incur an academic and/or financial penalty, depending on the date that you submit your request. You can read more about penalties in the information below.

Financial penalties

Depending on the date we receive your withdrawal request, you may incur a financial penalty:

*If you are eligible for a refund of unit fees, your financial penalty will be deducted from your refund. If you paid by FEE-HELP, you will need to contact OUA to pay your financial penalty by credit card, cheque or money order, and you will not be able to re-enrol until this penalty is paid.

Financial penalties before Census date*
1 unit
2 units
3 units
4 units
Close of enrolment to Census date

If your financial penalty is not paid, you will not be able to enrol for following study terms.

Financial penalties for Unilearn Continuous Units

Unilearn subjects are counted as 'continuous units' because they are not offered in study terms and you can start studying at any time of year. You can withdraw from Unilearn continuous units within 14 days of enrolling and receive a refund of up to 75 per cent of the unit fee. Financial penalties will depend on the unit that you are withdrawing from. To find out more about Unilearn, see Bridging units.

Academic penalties

An academic penalty is a fail grade applied to your unit when you withdraw from your unit late in the study term. For most universities, the final date for withdrawing from a unit without an academic penalty is Sunday midnight AEST/AEDT at the end of Week 6. But some universities have different dates: