Staying in the program

Keep the following guidelines in mind to ensure you complete and stay enrolled in your program of study.

Understand your Academic Plan

Your Academic Plan is a guide to the courses you will need to complete in order to graduate. You should monitor your progress through your Academic Plan to ensure that you are on course to complete.

Keeping track of your enrolments is particularly important if you are studying a program with a lot of electives or minor strands. Your Program Coordinator will be able to help you if you want an authoritative source to double check where you are up to.

Be aware of important dates and their impact on you

There are several very important dates that you need to be aware of. One of those dates is Census Day is the last day that students can withdraw from your course without incurring any financial penalty. There is one census day for each semester.

Make sure you are familiar with these dates, as well as exam periods, SWOTVAC and the public holidays that the university acknowledges. You certainly don’t want to turn up to classes on a public holiday!  These dates can be found under Essential info for students.

Don't forget to re-enrol!

Once you have finished your first year of study, you will need to enrol in the following year of study. This is not done automatically and you will be required to re-enrol within a specific time frame. In September/October you will receive information from the University via your student email account, regarding your faculty’s re-enrolment period with instructions detailing the procedure to follow. Reminder notices will be sent to your student email account. Students are expected to check their official Federation email account twice weekly at a minimum (alternatively, you can redirect your FedUni email to your regular email account).  You will be required to complete your enrolment online via my Student Centre.

The enrolment process tells the University what you plan to study the following year. If you fail to re-enrol within the specified period you may be deemed to have forfeited your place in the Program or you may have to pay a late enrolment fine. When completing your enrolment ensure to check the faculty and program information, or refer to the Undergraduate Handbook. Remember that re-enrolment only applies to the program you are in – you cannot use your re-enrolment to transfer to another program.

Changing or discontinuing a course

Students may add or discontinue a course in the first two weeks of the semester; there is no academic or financial penalty. Students adding courses after the first two weeks of semester must have very sound reasons before they will be considered.  Please note if a course is added after the first two weeks of semester, a fine may apply. Students should attempt to finalise enrolment details early in the semester, and should be aware that repeated changes to course choice in a particular semester will not be approved.

Changing your workload

Students are expected to maintain the standard workload. Part-time students–two courses per semester, full-time students – four courses per semester. Students seeking to increase their workload may do so if they have a strong academic record, but no more than four courses will normally be approved in one semester. Reasons must be given by email from your student account when applying to increase your workload.

Please Note: In some faculties there may be a certain average you need to have achieved (i.e. 60%) to be able to increase your study load. Please check with your Student Services Hub for individual faculty requirements.

Taking leave from studies or withdrawal from all studies

Undergraduate students who are experiencing difficulties during the year, or wish to take a year away from study may apply for Leave from Studies. Leave from Studies may be granted for up to one year at one time. If you need to take a longer period of Leave from Studies, you must re-apply when the initial period expires. Your leave will only be approved if you can still meet the requirements of your program within the time limit for completion.

Students may also come to the decision that they cannot continue their program of study and wish to withdraw from all studies. However, before you decide that withdrawing from studies is the best option, it is highly recommended that you speak with people who know and understand all the policies, processes and consequences. For more information about withdrawing from studies, including support services, visit the Student Advisory Service. They are here to help you.


It is essential that all students read and understand the information about examinations found at this link.

If you’re studying online, a network of exam venues are available; you will be advised of your exam arrangements via email – including the exam venue address.

Deferred or supplementary exams

Deferred examinations refers to those examinations held when a student is unable to sit for the scheduled examination/s in a Program for reasons such as disabling illness or other significant causes which have prevented you from attending for all or part of an examination.  Deferred examinations are the result of applying for Special Consideration.

Apply for special consideration

Student fees

You will receive information regarding ‘Confirmation of Enrolment and CSP Advice’ for each semester of study via myStudent Centre. For more information on tuition fees and charges, look at Student Fee Information.