How to defer your offer

Semester 2 Deferrals

If you have applied for Semester 2 intake, and have received an offer, and wish to apply for a deferral, application for deferral are now open.

Before you apply to defer

Be aware that courses are under continual review. If you apply to defer, your course may be revised, discontinued or cease to be accredited during your deferment. If this happens, we'll make every attempt to provide the original program. If this isn't possible, we reserve the right to offer you a place in an equivalent or near-equivalent course. For some science courses, your progress may be delayed if you commence your course mid-year, depending on the areas you wish to study. This will need to be discussed with your Course Coordinator.

Graduate research candidates: deferral may affect the availability of academic supervision and any scholarships awarded. This may need to be approved by the Board of Graduate Research.

Who can defer?

Subject to your College's deferment rules, you can defer if:

  • you haven't started your course
  • you haven't completed a subject
  • the census date for the subject/s you're enrolled in hasn't passed
  • you're not a recipient of a Postgraduate Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP). Exceptions are Master of Teaching which can be deferred.

If you have completed and obtained results for a subject/s, or the census date has passed for any of the subject/s you're enrolled in, you can apply for a Leave of Absence if you're experiencing significant difficulties in your personal or academic life – be it financial, emotional, medical, employment or study-related.

If you have transferred courses and need to take leave from your studies, you can apply for a Leave of Absence (not a deferral).

How to defer

  • Local applicants: complete the online Deferral form. Once you have submitted the form, we'll email you confirmation of the outcome of your request within 10 working days of receiving it.
  • International students: send a written request to the International Office
  • Graduate research candidates: complete the Application to Defer form and submit via email:
  • Single-subject enrolments and Cross-Institutional study: deferral not available, applicants will need to reapply.

Deferral approval tables

The following deferral tables show that all courses can be deferred except the ones explicitly listed below and that some specific courses need Course Coordinator approval for you to defer.

Note: Anyone seeking deferral outside the relevant discipline guidelines should contact ASK La Trobe. You will need to formally request an extension outlining the rationale and provide supporting documentation (if relevant) for consideration. These requests are generally only considered for extenuating circumstances.

2021 undergraduate deferral

College6 months – (until Semester 1, 2022)12 months – (until Semester 2, 2022)
College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce (ASSC)

All courses except:

  • Tertiary Preparation Program (ETPPO)

All courses except:

  • Tertiary Preparation Program (ETPPO)
College of Science, Health and Engineering (SHE)

    All courses except:

  • Bachelor of Nursing (Pre-Registration) (HBN)

    All courses except:

  • Bachelor of Nursing (Enrolled Nurse) (HBNEN)
  • Bachelor of Nursing (Pre-Registration) (HBN)

2021 postgraduate deferral

College6 months – (until Semester 1, 2022)12 months – (until Semester 2, 2022)
College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce (ASSC)

All courses except:

  • Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Curriculum, Teaching and Learning (RCHE)

All courses except:

  • Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Curriculum, Teaching and Learning (RCHE)
College of Science, Health and Engineering (SHE)

All courses except:

  • None

All courses except:

  • None

Need help deferring?

Call: 1300 LA TROBE (1300 528 762). International students call: (+61 3) 9479 1199.

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