Withdrawing from your course

To withdraw from your course you need to apply using the Request to Withdraw form. We count the date we receive your application as the date of withdrawal. 

Withdraw criteria

Withdrawal before the course start

If we receive your application to withdraw before the official start date of your enrolment period you will be eligible for a refund of fees, less any non-refundable fees, including the annual administration fee, international handling charge and fees collected on behalf of other organisations.

Withdrawal within 28 days of the course start

If we receive your application to withdraw within 28 days of the official start date of the enrolment:

  • a 5% withdrawal fee will apply
  • your refund will not include any non-refundable fees, including the annual administration fee, international handling charge, and fees collected on behalf of other organisations. 

If you withdraw within 28 days there will be no record of enrolment on your academic transcript.

Withdrawal after 28 days and within 75% of enrolment period

If you apply to withdraw after 28 days and up to 75% of your enrolment period, no refund will apply. Your academic transcript will display ‘Withdrawn’.

After 75% of the course duration

You cannot withdraw after 75% of the course duration. Your academic transcript will display courses you do not complete as 'Failed to Submit' or ‘Academic withdrawal’

Late fee payments

If your fees have not been received by 28 days from the start date of your enrolment period, and we have not received a withdrawal application from you, a late enrolment fee of 5% of your enrolment fee will be charged.

Withdrawing under exceptional circumstances

In exceptional circumstances the Academic Registrar may approve a full or proportional refund that takes into account the specific circumstances. The Special Consideration process must be followed and supporting documentation will be required.

Academic withdrawal

If you do not submit any work during your enrolment, you will be academically withdrawn from your course. Your academic transcript will display your result as ‘Academic withdrawal’ and this will have implications for future enrolment applications, StudyLink, and other funding entitlements.

Fees liability

If we receive your application to withdraw within the refund period and you have not paid your fees, your account will be debited with the refund amount less all non-refundable fees. This includes the $60.00 annual administration fee. You will be liable for the fees balance and subject to debt collection processes should outstanding fees remain unpaid.

If you have not paid your fees and apply to withdraw after the refund period, the fees must still be paid. Debt collection processes will be followed.

If you do not apply to withdraw and do not submit any work you are liable to pay the fees.

If your fees were to be paid by student loan and you cancel your loan, and do not make other fees payment arrangements, or your loan is declined, you must also apply to withdraw from Open Polytechnic as you will remain liable for any applicable fees.

If you have got any questions about how to withdraw from your course contact us

Related information

Changing your enrolment
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