Changing your study

Withdrawing

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 Open Universities Australia (OUA) has a dream in mind when they first start. We want to make sure before you withdraw that 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 whole 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 1300 363 652.

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

Withdrawal penalties

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

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.

Undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing professional education units

Depending on the date OUA receives your withdrawal request you may incur a financial penalty. Refer to the guide below for important dates for withdrawal:

*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
$50
$100
$150
$200
Note: If a financial penalty is not paid, you will not be able to enrol for following study terms.

Academic penalties

An academic penalty is when a student is given a failing grade for a unit. The final date for withdrawal without getting a fail grade is the Sunday at the end of Week 6, with the exceptions of: RMIT postgraduate units (Session Census Date); all Swinburne University units (Census Date).

Census Date ends at midnight Australian Eastern Standard or Daylight Time.

Financial penalties for TAFE Continuous Units

Continuous TAFE units are those which are not offered in study terms, and can be commenced at any time of year. You can withdraw from continuous TAFE units within 14 days of enrolling and receive a refund of up to 75% of the unit fee. Financial penalties will depend on the unit from which you want to withdraw.

Financial penalties for Unilearn Continuous Units

Unilearn subjects are counted as 'continuous units' as they are not offered in study terms and can be commenced at any time of year. You can withdraw from continuous units within 14 days of enrolling and receive a refund of up to 75% of the unit fee (with the exception of UNL61 – Successful Study Skills). Financial penalties will depend on the unit from which you want to withdraw. To find out more about Unilearn check out the Bridging units section of our website.

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