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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. If further intermission is required you will need to contact your faculty course advisor.
  • Discontinuing 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 (such as not being able to enrol as final units to complete a degree are not available in a trimester) 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.


How to apply

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

Choose your period of intermission carefully. Please note that the End Period is the last Trimester of Intermission. Eg. If you wish to intermit for only a single Trimester, the Start and End Period must be the same.

Please note that Trimester 3 does not require intermission unless:

  • You are commencing your course in Trimester 3 and need to take an intermission
  • Your course requires continual enrolment such as Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Optometry (D302).

Please consult your Faculty course adviser for guidance if you are unsure.

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

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 their transcript.

In special circumstances, you can apply for a remission of debt or refund if you withdraw from your units after census date.

If you would like to check that your course withdrawal was successful, you can contact Deakin Central.


Returning from intermission

If your intermission is coming to an end you will need to ensure you are enrolled before the start of your next Trimester of study.

If you are wishing to return from intermission early you should contact your faculty course adviser for advice.

Discontinue

Seek advice

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


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

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 their transcript.

In special circumstances, you can apply for a remission of debt or refund if you withdraw from your units after census date.

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