Census Date- What does it mean?
Walking around uni you may have heard people talk about Census Date. Census Date is not the usual census. We’re not counting you and forming an epidemiologic study of UNE. It’s actually important for your studies. If you’ve been having a rough time with your current study load Census Date is definitely something you should be aware of.
Census Date happens once a trimester. This Tri it falls on the 26th of March. But what’s it all about? Well, the Census Date is the last day you can drop a unit without paying for it. Literally. It’s officially the last day you can drop a unit without suffering financial penalty, meaning that it won’t go on your HECS debt if you drop it now.
It’s also the last day to sort out your financial support. Your Commonwealth Assistance Forms (for your HECS) have to be submitted by next Monday as well as any SA-Help forms you’ve filled out. SA-Help forms are for HECS-debt students. They take the Student Services and Amenities Fees or SSAFs and puts them on your HECS. So if you don’t feel like paying upfront costs for your units and SSAFs, I really suggest you get them as soon as possible.
If you miss census day and need to drop a unit don’t panic. You can still drop units after the census day. If you do decide to drop a unit all that happens is that you will still have to pay for it. If you do choose to drop a unit do it before May 7th. The 7th of May is the last day of trimester one that you can drop a unit without academic penalty. That means if you drop out after the 7th you’ll be given a fail for that unit and it’ll go on your academic record and affect your GPA. If you’re a fresher, you may not be thinking of your GPA right now, but it comes in handy to have it as high as possible if you want to be considered for honours classes in your final years.
So, in case you missed it, Census Date is the 26th March and the last day to withdraw without academic penalty is the 7th of May. Look after your studies folks and if you’re struggling always get help and make decisions that will make benefit you the most; even if it means dropping a unit. Good luck.