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Intermit or discontinue

Find out how to intermit (suspend) your studies or withdraw discontinue (withdraw) from a course.

  • Intermission means suspending or taking a break from your studies at Deakin while keeping your place in the course. Intermission is normally granted for a maximum of 12 months for the duration of a course.
  • iscontinuing from a course of study means that you are withdrawing. Depending on your circumstances, there may be alternative study or career options.



Intermit

Seek advice

Students who want to intermit their studies for financial, health or other reasons should discuss their situation with their faculty course adviser.

We recommend that you talk to a Deakin careers counsellor to plan and get the most out of the period of intermission. For example, if you need to work full time to save some money before continuing your studies, it would be good to work in an area related to your course - you might even be able to earn credits towards your course.


International students and intermission

International students who want to intermit should visit the international intermission compliance page.

International fee-paying students may be liable for a retention fee if they discontinue. Students will also incur an academic penalty, which will appear on your transcript.


How to apply

Apply for intermission in StudentConnect (under the Enrolment heading in the left hand menu).

Allow up to 10 days for processing of your application for intermission. You will be notified by email of the outcome. You can also check on your application by clicking 'View course' in StudentConnect.

Check withdrawal dates, fees and penalties for domestic students

If you are thinking about intermitting your course, you should check the withdrawal dates, academic penalties and fees and make sure you do it before census date. Intermitting your course is effectively withdrawing from each unit you are enrolled in for a particular trimester or year.

If you intermit after census date you will be liable for the full amount of your fees, including the student services and amenities fee.  Students will also incur an academic penalty, which will appear on your transcript.

In special circumstances, you can apply for a remission of debt if you withdraw from their units after the census dates.

Discontinue

Seek advice

Before you discontinue, discuss your decision with a student counsellorfaculty course adviser and/or a careers counsellor who will be able to advise on alternative study or career options.


International students and discontinuation

International students who want to withdraw should visit the international discontinuation compliance page.

International fee-paying students may be liable for a retention fee if they discontinue. Students will also incur an academic penalty, which will appear on your transcript.


Alternatives to discontinuing

If you are thinking about discontinuing for financial or personal reasons, we recommend that you seek counselling and financial advice - you may be eligible for financial assistance or special consideration, which may enable you to continue studying.

Instead of discontinuing altogether you should consider intermitting until your circumstances improve or transferring to another course.

Discontinuing when you accept a later offer

If you accept a later offer to a different course at Deakin (or another institution), it's very important that you discontinue from the first course you enrolled in, otherwise you may be liable for outstanding fees.


How to apply

If you do decide to discontinue your studies at Deakin, you should apply online through StudentConnect. Allow up to 10 days after for processing and you will be emailed confirmation of withdrawal.

Check withdrawal dates, fees and penalties for domestic students

If you are thinking about discontinuing your course, you should check the withdrawal dates, academic penalties and fees and make sure you do it before census date

If you discontinue after census date you will be liable for the full amount of your fees, including the student services and amenities fee.  Students will also incur an academic penalty, which will appear on your transcript.

In special circumstances, you can apply for a remission of debt if you withdraw from their units after the census dates.

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