5 things you need to know about Census Date

1.You can drop Semester 2 subjects until 31 August without paying for them

A few weeks in and you’re just not feeling a subject or struggling to balance University and outside life? In most circumstances, you can drop a subject without penalty before Census Date. Dropping a subject and getting the balance right before census date is definitely a better option than struggling and stressing about it for the rest of the Semester. It’s also better to drop a subject before census to avoid paying for it.

Find out how to change your subjects/enrolment.

2. Your financial arrangements need to be finalised

Make sure that your Commonwealth Support (CSP) arrangements are finalised. These arrangements include HECS-HELP and SA-HELP, which you can either pay upfront or defer and pay later. You can finalise all your CSP arrangements in StudentOnLine.

If you’re a domestic student and paying your fees upfront, this must be done by census date. Instructions for how to pay your fees can be found in your Statement of Account.

3. Your personal details need to match up between La Trobe and the Australian Taxation Office (ATO)

Make sure the personal details you have listed with La Trobe match the details you have given the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). You can check your ATO personal details by creating an account and logging into myGov.

If your details don’t match up, the government can’t confirm your enrolment and this may impact your funding including Centrelink benefits. If you need to, you can update your La Trobe personal details via StudentOnLine.

You also need to obtain and submit a Unique Student Identifier (USI). You need a USI in order to apply for Government financial HELP- loans and to receive your qualifications once you’ve completed your degree.

4. You can take leave without cost

There are heaps of reasons why you may need to take some time off your studies and it’s a great option if you need some time to deal with personal issues, address your finances or you simply need a break for self-care.

You can take up to 12 months leave from your course, and if you do so before Census Date on 31 August, you won’t be liable for the Semester’s fees. Speak with your school or college before you apply to discuss the possible impact on your study plan.

5. Support and advice is available for you

Every Uni student has had second thoughts at some point, because there are so many things that play on your mind while you’re studying, from your personal life, to your studies, to the odd existential career crisis.

We have support people available to assist with all of these issues when they occur; our Student Wellbeing team can provide advice if you’re struggling personally in any way, course and subject coordinators and the Learning Hub can assist you with your studies and our Career Ready team can assist with any careers questions that you have.