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Withdrawing is different to Intermitting. You may decide to intermit your studies for 6 - 12 months and recommence at a later time as you remain an enrolled student. Withdrawing is ceasing your enrolment in a course. When deciding to withdraw from your course, it makes sense to firstly reflect on your reasons and to consider all your options first.
Your reason for deciding to withdraw may be for personal or study reasons. Some of the following may be happening for you at this time.
If you are finding it difficult to afford to study at this time, or are having trouble paying bills, it might be helpful to make an appointment to speak with a Financial Assistance Officer. Deakin University has some interest free loans and grants available through the Division of Student Life. Speaking to a financial assistance officer will help you to explore these options further.
If you are experiencing a crisis or upset in a relationship with family or a partner, it might be making it very difficult to focus on study. Counsellors and the Multifaith Chaplains can provide support and strategies to help you cope. Talk to someone for support.
Ill health or disability
An on-going illness or medication change can make learning and study difficult. Follow the advice of your GP or specialist. The Disability Resource Centre at Deakin University is also available to help students with a disability and may be able to arrange for certain accommodations to be made to help students to reach their study goals.
Feeling isolated is accompanied by a sense of separation. The following could be issues:
Such experiences can affect confidence. Try talking about study concerns with Faculty staff or tutors or connect with on-line discussion forums for your subjects. You can also arrange to talk to a Counsellor or Multifaith Chaplain through the Division of Student Life for further support.
Some common problems can include:
After considering all of your options, it may be that withdrawing is the best course of action for you to take. Consult with the Division of Student Administration (DSA) regarding correct procedure as this will help you to avoid incurring a HECS debt and insure you get credit for units already completed.
You may feel a mix of relief and disappointment about withdrawing so talking to someone such as a counsellor at this time may be helpful. Remember that there are many options outside of university that can allow you to gain qualifications, skills and further learning.