The University sets a census date for each course. Census dates for each study period can be found on the Academic Year Calendar.
As a Commonwealth supported student, you must (on or before the census date):
- complete your online Commonwealth Assistance Form (CAF)
- finalise your student contribution payment arrangements for the
If you are eligible for HECS-HELP, you must:
- give your tax file number (TFN) to your University if you intend to take out a HECS-HELP loan for your student contribution amount,
- make any up front payments to your University that you intend to make, and
- pay your entire student contribution amount up front to your University if you do not provide your TFN.
If you are not eligible for HECS-HELP, you must:
- pay all of your student contribution up front (you will not receive the HECS-HELP discount and you cannot take out a HECS-HELP loan).
If you fail to undertake the steps described above, your enrolment as a Commonwealth supported student will be cancelled.
After the census date
- Your SLE is reduced for the course(s) you are undertaking.
- You incur a HECS-HELP debt for the course(s) if you have taken out a HECS-HELP loan.
- A Commonwealth Assistance Notice (CAN) detailing your course enrolments and your payment options for the study period is provided to all Commonwealth supported students online and can be found in the 'my Academic Record' section of myUniSA
- Any up front payments of your student contribution must have been paid to the University.
- Your enrolment must be cancelled if you have not made an up front payment or have not taken out a HECS-HELP loan to pay your student contribution for the course(s) you intended to undertake.
Please note: To withdraw without forfeiting any up front payment or incurring a HECS-HELP debt, you must follow the UniSA withdrawal procedure on or before the census date.
After the census date, your University cannot accept any of the following for a course:
- your Commonwealth Assistance Form (CAF)
- an up front payment, or
- Your TFN (except where you supplied a Certificate of application for a TFN on or before the census date).
If you provided the University with your Certificate of application for a TFN as proof that you had applied for a TFN, you have 21 days from the day the Tax Office issues you with a Tax File Number Advice to quote your TFN to the University.
Withdrawing after the census date
If you withdraw from one or more of your courses after the census date (or if you do not follow your University's withdrawal procedures correctly) you will:
- incur a HECS-HELP debt (if you took out a HECS-HELP loan and did not pay your student contribution up front for the course) and
- forfeit any student contribution you have paid on or before the census date.
It is your responsibility to be aware of these dates.
Remaining enrolled at the census date
If you remain enrolled at the census date, you are required to pay your student contribution, either in the form of an up front payment made on or before this date, or if you are eligible, through a HECS-HELP loan.