Withdrawal and Refund Policy

Students who withdraw from a Summer or Winter School Unit of Study on or before the census date for the relevant session are eligible for a full refund of their tuition fees.

The census date is the date by which all your enrolment requirements must be finalised and is the last date that you can withdraw from a unit without incurring a financial liability for that unit.

How to apply for a refund

If you have paid your tuition fee and have withdrawn prior to the census date and your Sydney Student account is in credit the fees will automatically roll over and be applied to future liabilities.

If your account is in credit you may submit a Refund Request in Sydney Student. Please click on ‘My finance’, then ‘Your finances’, ‘Continue’, then ‘Request refund’.

Please note: payments made by Visa or MasterCard that have incurred a 0.8% surcharge will be fully refunded inclusive of the surcharge. If the refund is a partial refund, the surcharge component to be refunded will be calculated on a pro-rata basis.

If you chose FEE-HELP and have withdrawn before the census date, then your FEE-HELP is automatically cancelled.

International students who require assistance please contact International services may at: International Office. Level 4, Jane Foss Russell Building. University of Sydney NSW 2006. Phone: +61 2 8627 8348. Fax: +61 2 8627 8386; Email: is.refunds@sydney.edu.au

Domestic Students may contact the student centre for further information.

Academic Penalty

You can withdraw from a Unit of Study until the end date of the teaching period however there may be an academic penalty. The teaching period is defined in hours of scheduled classes from the first day through to the last day, excluding the final examination or assessment. The following Academic penalties apply:

  1. A Discontinued Not to Count as Failure (DC) grade applies if you withdraw after the census date but before half of the teaching period for that subject. You will not receive a refund of your tuition fees. DC will be recorded on your academic transcript.
  2. Discontinue with fail (DF) applies if you withdraw after the census date and after half of the teaching period has passed, but only to the end of the teaching period. You may not withdraw after this date. You will not receive a refund of their tuition fee. DF will be recorded on your academic transcript.

Finacial Liability

Students who discontinue from a Summer or Winter School Unit of Study after the census date will be ineligible for a refund and 100% tuition fee liability or FEE-HELP debt will be incurred.