Defer online

Course offerings are under continual review. A course from which you take leave may be revised, discontinued, or may cease to be accredited, during your period of absence. Where it is not possible to provide the original program, the University reserves the right to offer a student a place in an equivalent or near-equivalent course from which leave was taken.

Written notification of the decision will be sent to you within 10 working days.


Not all courses can be deferred - please check for eligibility.

Deferral is only available to students who have not commenced their course. If you have been enrolled in any units beyond the Census Date, you need to request a Leave Of Absence rather than a deferral.

Apply to defer

Required fields are marked with an asterisk (*).

At this time, I would like to defer my place and commence my studies in *

Course details
(eg: ABIR)
My details
(mobile preferred)
(NOT your La Trobe email, which will be invalid by the time we need to invite you to commence your course)
Reason for deferral *

Important note

Once the form has been submitted, you will receive an email confirmation and a reference number. If you have not received an email confirmation, please check your spam or junk mail folder. Resubmit your application if necessary. La Trobe University will not accept claims that the form was completed, unless you can provide proof of the confirmation email and reference number.


La Trobe University respects your personal information and your right to privacy. Please note that we require personal information in order to process your deferral. If your personal information is not provided to us then we cannot process your application for deferral. You may have the right to access the personal information that we hold about you subject to any exceptions in relevant laws, by contacting ASK La Trobe.